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Join us on an immersive first-person journey through South Dakota, the land of infinite variety.


Recorded on-location, this in surround sound audio is designed to do more than just let you hear what it’s like to be there; it’s designed to let you feel what it’s like for real.

Discover South Dakota like never before, with our expert guides, local characters, and award-winning travel writer and host, Brian Thacker.

Join me as we delve deep into the true heart of South Dakota – with the people and stories from this wild, free and ancient land.

The Travel South Dakota Stories Armchair Productions

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Join us on an immersive first-person journey through South Dakota, the land of infinite variety.


Recorded on-location, this in surround sound audio is designed to do more than just let you hear what it’s like to be there; it’s designed to let you feel what it’s like for real.

Discover South Dakota like never before, with our expert guides, local characters, and award-winning travel writer and host, Brian Thacker.

Join me as we delve deep into the true heart of South Dakota – with the people and stories from this wild, free and ancient land.

    The Fall and Rise of the Buffalo

    The Fall and Rise of the Buffalo

    “You’re experiencing what you see on TV and the old western movies, the buffalo roaming
    across the prairie like that. It's that old west tradition that you don't see anywhere else in
    the world.”
    – Matt Snyder, Superintendent of Custer State Park
    Feel the ground rumble and the dust fly as sixty cowboys and cowgirls saddle up to bring in
    a thundering herd of 1,300 buffalo at the 57th Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup.
    But we’re not just watching it, we are in the thick of it as we get thrown around on the back
    of a truck chasing the herd across the wide-open plains. Listen to one of the riders Molly as
    she cracks her whip and corrals the galloping beasts.
    We also meet Lakota rider and manager of Bear Butte State Park, Jim Jandreau, who tells us
    what the buffalo means to the Lakota people.
    At the end of the long and tiring ride we join Molly’s 87-year-old dad, who had just taken
    part in his 53rd roundup.
    Along the way we discover that although the roundup harks back to a different time, the
    adventurous spirit of South Dakotans that has been a way of life for centuries still lives on.
    And that spirit is infectious.
    -       Brian Thacker, presenter
    Thank you to everyone who featured on this show:
    -       Jim Jandreau, Bear Butte State Park
    -     Molly Olivier, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
    -       Bob Lantis, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
    -       Lydia Austin, Custer State Park
     
    -       Kobee Stalder, Custer State Park
     
    -       Matt Snyder, Custer State Park
     
    Recorded on-location, this audio adventure is designed to do more than just let you hear what it’s like to be there; it’s designed to let you feel what it’s like for real.
     
    Find out more at www.travelsouthdakota.com where you'll find lots of inspiration, ideas and everything else you need to know to plan your great South Dakota adventure.
     
    Produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry www.armchair-productions.com

    • 38 min
    Black Hills and Deadwood

    Black Hills and Deadwood

    “Nobody's down here except for us ghost people and the hotel staff. And some of the hotel staff in the past wouldn't come down here by themselves. Things happen in here. Things have happened to me.”
    – Kate, Ghost Tour Guide at the Bullock Hotel, Deadwood
     
    Tales of the Wild West and lawless frontiers are ingrained in American culture - and in Deadwood, the discovery of riches in the southern Black Hills in 1874 kicked off one of the largest gold rushes in America. Not long after, Deadwood became a rough-and-ready boomtown that steadily lured bands of outlaws, gamblers, and gunslingers.

    Join us as we mosey down Deadwood’s streets in search of famed tales and legendary residents from this wild frontier. We begin our adventure in Saloon No 10, where we join a local gunslinger (or an actor who plays a gunslinger - in daily gunfights in the streets of Deadwood) for a game of poker at the table where Wild Bill Hickok was shot dead.
     
    We then head down into the dark basement bar of the Bullock Hotel chasing ghosts and getting well and truly spooked.
     
    Lastly, we end up, as many locals have ended up, at Moriah Cemetery. There we make the pilgrimage to Wild Bill’s grave where visitors have left flowers, bullets, and small bottles of Jack Daniels.
     
    Through it all, we discover that Deadwood is truly alive. Well, besides the ghosts. It’s a place where the wild west spirit lives on. You can feel it – and the former coarse and cavorting town is now a lot less rough, but just as much fun.
     
    -       Brian Thacker, presenter
     
    Thank you to everyone who featured on this show:
     
    -       Andy Mosher, Deadwood Alive
     
    -       Kate McGraw, Bullock Hotel Ghost tours
     
    We’d like to thank our gunslinging Andy Mosher and our ghostly guide Kate McGraw who gave us their time and stories.
     
    Recorded on-location, this audio adventure is designed to do more than just let you hear what it’s like to be there; it’s designed to let you feel what it’s like for real.
     
    Find out more at www.travelsouthdakota.com where you'll find lots of inspiration, ideas and everything else you need to know to plan your great South Dakota adventure.
     
    Produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry www.armchair-productions.com

    • 25 min
    Legends in Stone

    Legends in Stone

    “It's kind of interesting that people that come here to Crazy Horse Memorial, because it's almost like there's a spiritual calling. They don't know quite what it is. But they feel it.”
    – Paul LaRoche, Lakota tribe member and founder of the band Brulé.
     
    The great Lakota Sioux Nation have become the international symbol of America’s native people. Over 60,000 Lakota Native Americans live in South Dakota, and they believe that their very creation began in the Black Hills.

    Join us as we delve deep into South Dakota’s rich native American history and culture. We begin our adventure by stepping out onto the arm of the Crazy Horse memorial with head carver Caleb Zilokowski (the grandson of Korczak Ziolkowski, who started it back in 1947).
     
    At the base of Crazy Horse, we join Paul LaRoche who has been coming to Crazy Horse for 25 years with his award-winning band Brulé. Through his music and dance we learn about Paul’s journey back into a Native American life he knew nothing about.
     
    Along the way we uncover what makes Native American culture in South Dakota so unique.
    And as you hear these stories and the history of this fascinating and colorful culture, you’ll soon discover that you need to experience South Dakota for yourself.
     
    -       Brian Thacker, presenter
     
    Thank you to everyone who featured on this show:
     
    -       Caleb and Vaughn Ziolkowski, Crazy Horse Memorial
     
    -       Joe Pulliam, Seven Council Fires Native Art
     
    -       Paul LaRoche, Brulé
     
    -       David Flute, for singing the Native prayer
     
     
    Recorded on-location, this audio adventure is designed to do more than just let you hear what it’s like to be there; it’s designed to let you feel what it’s like for real.
     
    Find out more at www.travelsouthdakota.com where you'll find lots of inspiration, ideas and everything else you need to know to plan your great South Dakota adventure.
     
    Produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry www.armchair-productions.com

    • 28 min

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