The town of Belle Fourche was only a dream until the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad roached the Black Hills and began looking toward the plains to the west. Seth Bullock, famous frontier marshal and rancher persuaded officials to build a depot in 1890 and the town of Belle Fourche was underway.
Early day Belle Fourche was a "cow town," catering to the needs and wishes of cattlemen and cowboys. One street, now 5th Avenue or the main drag, is still called Saloon Street by older residents. The town is still an important market for sheep and cattle today.
Today Belle Fourche retains much of its western flavor while commanding a trailhead at the northern end of the Black Hills. It has a diverse economy and great western hospitality.
From a tourist standpoint I think that it has become more of a commuter or "bedroom" town for those working in Spearfish and Rapid City.
As my father grew up in this town, I was pleased to be able to tour the city and the surrounding Black Hills to learn more about his childhood.
"The City Offers..."
Belle Fourche is considered to be the antique capital of South Dakota, but along with these great shops they have wonderful museums, parks, and restaurants. Not to be missed is one of America's premiere rodeos - The Black Hills Roundup.