Fort Meade Museum, South Dakota

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Fort Meade Museum

Fort Meade South Dakota was established during the winter of 1878-79 and remained a military outpost until it was handed over to the Veterans Administrations to be used as a hospital in 1944.

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  • The Fort Meade Museum is located one mile east of Sturgis, South Dakota on Highway 34.
  • The Museum is open from May 1st through September 30th, 9 am to 5 pm daily.
  • Admission is $5 and anyone under 12 is free.

Overview

The original mission for Fort Meade was to provide military protection against the resentful Sioux for the gold seekers and settlers who traveled to the region in search of their fortune. Fort Meade outlasted all other frontier posts of this region, surviving as a military installation until 1944 when in became a Veterans Administration Hospital as it remains today.

Location/Directions

The Fort Meade Museum is located one mile east of Sturgis, South Dakota on Highway 34. Call (605)347-9822 for information.

Hours/Seasons

The Museum is open from May 1st through September 30th, 9 am - 5 pm daily.

Fees/Cost

Admission is $5, anyone under 12 is free and group tours are available.

More Info

Fort Meade was the site of several famous and infamous events. It was at Fort Meade that the Cavalry horse Comanche, the only living thing found on the Little Big Horn Battlefield, was officially retired with military honors.

Here too the "Star Spangled Banner" first became the official music for the military retreat ceremony, long before in became the National Anthem.

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