Spearfish, South Dakota

Yes, South Dakota again. It’s a big state.

Remember yesterday I said there were five breweries in South Dakota? Yes. Well, near here is the next one on my list, Crow Peak Brewery. I haven’t been there yet, though, so I’ll have to tell you about it tomorrow.

Crossing South Dakota wasn’t as bad as I expected, having crossed North Dakota just last year. Starts out with the same sorts of fields, grain elevators and small towns as Minnesota or Iowa.

Then you get fields of… sunflowers.

Kind of like the one scene in the movie “Everything is Illuminated.”

Seriously, vast fields of sunflowers stretching on to the horizon. Harvested for the oil, no doubt.

Then you get the Missouri River, or rather a dammed lake on the Missouri called Lake Oahe.

That’s right – another dam lake.

After that, you start getting into the buttes and canyons before the Black Hills loom to the southwest.

The town of Spearfish is just south of Belle Fourche, which has the distinction of being the closest town to the Geographical Center of the United States (counting Alaska and Hawaii). Tomorrow I’ll probably drive up to the actual center point because why not?

And that’s the end of today’s blog entry… UNLESS you have read Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series of novels.

SPECIAL BONUS blog section for fans of Harry Dresden:

(The rest of you can read this, too, but it won’t be as awesome unless you’ve read Dresden Files.)

I bet you didn’t know that there’s a T-Rex Capital of the World. Well, there is – Faith, South Dakota, a tiny little town just off the western edge of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation

…wait, seriously, THAT Sue?

Yes, THAT Sue.

But wait, there’s more.

The origin of Sue the Dinosaur

So, okay, that’s pretty awesome; it tells us where our favorite Zombie Dinosaur came from. But that’s not the most awesome part. The most awesome part is that, as noted on the above plaque, the town of Faith has a sculpture commemorating Sue.


Here she is:


It’s a steampunk dinosaur. My head nearly exploded from the sudden influx of awesome.


About Waltz

An international man of mystery, Waltz is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. Kind of a puzzle burrito, actually. With conundrum cheese and secret sauce. And a side of Riddle Rice.

Posted on September 9, 2012, in Books, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Haaaaaaah! I love how the plaque explains that Sue was found by someone named Sue, and then goes on to say “Sue is 42 feet long and 13 feet high at the hips.” At least it doesn’t give her bra size. 😛


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