DescriptionOn the northern edge of the Black Hills at the fork of the Belle Fourche and Redwater rivers, the city of Belle Fourche is the trading center for a three-state agricultural area encompassing 21,000 square miles. A hub for livestock auctions and wool shipping, Belle Fourche, which translates to “beautiful fork,” also is the center of a bentonite-mining industry.
The downtown area retains much of the aura of the early 1900s, yet many of the buildings now contain locally owned coffee shops as well as stores touting antiques, Western wear and quilts. Bronze sculptures commemorate the rich history of the annual Black Hills Roundup held over the 4th of July.
The actual geographical center of the entire country, including Alaska and Hawaii, is 20 miles north of Belle Fourche. In celebration, a 21-foot-diameter monument in the shape of a compass rose has been carved out of South Dakota granite. The Center of the Nation Monument can be seen behind the Tri-State Museum at 415 5th Ave.
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