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Beadle County: A Sportsman's Dream


PIERRE, S.D. – Known as the pheasant capitol of the world, Beadle County attracts thousands of visitors for pheasant season each year. To signify this title, the “World’s Largest Pheasant” perches 40 feet tall at the Dakota Inn in Huron. The pheasant was built in 1959 and underwent reconstruction before moving to its current location.

A sportsman's dream, Beadle County offers visitors inviting communities of varying size. Hunting seasons throughout the year attract sportsmen from across the nation. Beadle County also hosts a wealth of engaging attractions apart from hunting.

Other attractions unique to Beadle County include the Dakotaland Museum in Huron. Established in 1960, the museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the county. The museum houses more than 5,000 artifacts, including historical documents, photographs, maps and historical newspapers of Beadle County.

Stroll through Huron’s business district and view an array of murals portraying the history of Huron.

Visit the Pyle House Museum and discover the home of Gladys Pyle, the first elected woman U.S. senator. The museum is a well preserved example of Queen Anne architecture. Built in 1894, the home has original oak woodwork, fixtures and leaded and stained glass windows.

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The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.

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