High Plains Western Heritage Center features aÂ
5-State Regional Museum founded to honor the Old West Pioneers and American Indians of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana. Â Western Artifacts, Western Art, Live Animals and Family History Displays are used as a determinant of Historical Events.
Â In the mid 1970's, area ranchers were concerned that the story of settlement in High Plains Region would not be preserved. Â Two ranchers, Harry Blair and Edgar (Slim) Gardner, are considered Founders of the High Plains Heritage Society d/b/a High Plains Western Heritage Center, a Non-profit Organization.Â
Â Through Donations and Fundraising efforts, monies were accrued to Purchase Land and start Building the Structure. Â On September 1, 1989, a Grand Opening Ceremony took place.
Six categories of High Plains History were chosen to be honored: Â Pioneering, Cattle & Sheep Ranching, Rodeo, Transportation, American Indians, and Mining.
Â Today, the Center provides over 20,000 sq. ft. of Presentation featuring a wide range of Western Artifacts. Â The Center has a spacious Theatre complete with state-of-the-art Sound System. Â The Transportation Room features a Concord Stagecoach, Chuckwagon, "Tally Ho" Wagon, Buggies, and Sleighs. Â Outside Displays include a furnished One-Room Schoolhouse, Homestead Log Cabin and Antique Farm & Ranch Equipment.