The Pioneer Auto Show and Antique Town

Near Mount Rushmore, in Murdo, South Dakota is a must see museum.  The Pioneer Auto Show and Antique Town boasts some 42 buildings full of collectibles, antiques, rare and unique automobiles, tractors and motorcycles.

Plan to spend at least a full day, if not two to fully appreciate all this place has to see.  The automobile collection features more than 250 vehicles from the 1900s through the 1970s.  You can see a rare 1906 Ford Model N; a 1970 GTO Judge convertible, one of only 165 produced, and hundreds of other vintage autos.  The motorcycle exhibits includes among its 60 bikes, a 1976 Harley Davidson that belonged to Elvis Presley, with only 1200 miles on the odometer and still titled to the ‘King.”  You’ll find more than 60 tractors on display including some manufactured by Lamborghini and Porsche.  Who knew?

If cars and tractors aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of interesting and nostalgic exhibits including pin ball machines, fountain pens, oil cans, door knobs, books, toys and music boxes, to name but a few.

The museum also boasts an extensive collection of rocks, gems and minerals.  The National Rockhound Hall of Fame & Lapidary is housed here.  The Zeitner collection contains hundred of rarities you won’t see anywhere else.

The youngest visitors, who may not be as intrigued by nostalgic exhibits, will be entertained by taking part in the Kids Treasure Hunt.  With treasure map in hand, they work their way through the exhibits following clues to find stickers to complete the map.  Upon finding all the stickers, they receive a prize.

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