Starving from our lunch-free afternoon at the Reptile Gardens, we arrive early for the Ft. Hays Chuckwagon Dinner and Show. Ignoring our rumbling stomachs, we kill some time perusing the old timey village here. A South Dakota mystery perplexing Storm and I since we took the back road to Roughlock Falls is finally solved in the gift shop. While traveling the dusty backroad to Roughlock Falls a week or so ago, we pass a pull-off near Little Spearfish Creek. At the pull-off is a sign labelled “Dances with Wolves Film Site.” There was absolutely nothing else to see so we are baffled about what was filmed here.
The Ft. Hays gift shop cashier explains to us that the buildings and set originally out in the woods near the sign we observed were moved to the Ft. Hays site some time ago. We have been walking in them during our visit. Maybe if we were not so hungry that we rushed through the museum, we might have figured that out ourselves. The original site on the dirt road was not in a “tourist friendly” location due to its distance from civilization and the road’s nasty habit of becoming a muddy trap for tourist buses.
We are finally admitted to the dinner and show. Buckaroos serve up our meal on tin plates with a squashed potato and applesauce. My meal may have been delicious. In a ravenous fit, I consume each morsel of it before it can properly get acquainted with my taste buds so it is hard to tell. The musical show features local artists who are musical marvels. They thrill us with songs by artist ranging from Sons of the Pioneers to Queen.