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Tour Spotlight Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town -- Murdo, South Dakota

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Bus Tours Magazine
March, 2008

If you are traveling to or from Mt. Rushmore, the Black Hills or Yellowstone National Park, treat your group to a stop at the exciting Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town, in Murdo, South Dakota, located halfway between Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Classic car enthusiasts and nostalgia buffs will love The Big Variety Show, which is a fun-filled experience featuring more than 250 antique and classic cars, motorcycles and tractors, as well as collectible music boxes, toys and nostalgic items. In addition, the show features a dramatic collection of famous Zeitner rocks, gems and fossils.

Some of the highlights on display include a 1902 Curve Dash Olds, which was the world's first mass produced automobile, and antique J.I. Case Steam Engine tractor that is still in operating condition and Elvis Presley's personal Harley Davidson motorcycle. Guests take a trip back to a simpler time when they stroll through the Prairie Town.

This recreated main street includes Henry Ford's garage, a livery barn, a general store, a train depot, a fire station, the original Murdo Bank, a one-room school house, a fire station, WNAX gas station and much more. The Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town is conveniently located off of Interstate 90 and U.S. 83, Exit 192 and has easy on/easy off access. Groups can enjoy a meal at the site's full-service restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers subs, daily specials, ice cream and a to-go menu.

The restaurant has plenty of room for groups with seating for 120 inside and seating for 40 on the patio. Your group will also enjoy the on-site gift store which features Beanie Babies, car collectibles, books, Black Hills gold jewelry, nostalgia items, antiques and more. A discount for groups is available at the gift shop. The group rate is $125 per bus with complimentary admission for the driver and escort. There is on-site parking and passengers can be picked up and dropped off in front of the museum.

The Pioneer Auto Show and Prairie Town is open seven days a week in the summer (until September 15) from 8am to 9pm winter hours are 9am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.

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