Ghost Town, Gas & Rocks


120 miles of so past the Badlands, the Black Hills, and flat prairies, a golf course suddenly emerged. More plains and then color sprung up on both sides of us just pass the Missouri River. Here we witnessed more haystacks, but amidst rolling green hills and rows and rows of stunningly vivid sunflowers.

Not far from here, we came across an unexpected 1880 ghost town off exit 183, which was featured in the award-winning movie Dances with Wolves. Close to sunset when we arrived, the Texan running the local store, allowed us to explore despite the fact that it would be hard to see and he really wasn’t allowed to let us in after 7….with Paul being a Texan, we had some bargaining power, so much so that we stayed for a few hours exploring the old town, original art, excerpts from the text used to prep the actors and the props they used on the set.

The Texan connection also helped facilitate the much needed petrol, which while expensive, was a godsend given we were pretty close to empty and not a hotel was in sight. We eventually found West Motel in Kadoka, population 736.



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Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

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