Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Western Heritage Center is a gem

For history buffs visiting the Black Hills region, the High Plains Western Heritage Center is a “must see” on their itineraries.

This gem, nestled on a hill overlooking Spearfish in the beautiful northern Black Hills, is a 40-acre site boasting a marvelous building that captures the spirit of the old west in so many ways!

It was very fitting for the Spearfish Area Historical Society to round out its 2007-08 year with a visit to the Western Heritage Center and enjoy the hospitality offered by center director Peggy Ables and her small but able staff. After a short society business meeting in the 200-seat auditorium, Peggy made introductory remarks and then – assisted by volunteer Bill Fuller – provided an excellent tour through the 17,000 square feet facility.

As one who has visited the Western Heritage Center many times, I find something new each time I walk through the door. It’s a wonderful resource that is emerging as a major historical center across a 5-state region. We’ve assembled a few photos to help whet your appetite about the marvelous facility. For more information, we encourage you to take the virtual tour offered on their web site.

Better yet, hop in your car and head for Spearfish, taking Exit 14 toward the southwest. You’ll find the High Plains Western Heritage Center about a mile up – what else? – Heritage Drive. And prepare to have a terrific time!