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Clark County: An Old-Time Celebration

11/1/2006
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PIERRE, S.D. – Stop at historic sites in Clark County and look back to the early days of the area. Walk into the past at the Beauvais Heritage Center complex in Clark. Highlights include a settler's claim shanty, the Clark railroad depot, an old-time school and other buildings from the turn of the century. While in Clark, view some cool classics at the Classic Wheels Museum. The museum showcases restored classic cars, motorcycles, tractors, airplanes and historic model replicas of the community. Travel six miles east of Clark and stop at the Little Fellow’s grave. This site, which has attracted national attention, is based on the Clark County story of a pioneer boy and his admiration for the train that passed near his home. Each time the train passed, the boy and the train conductor would wave to each other. Upon learning of the boy’s death and that his family had left the area, the conductor made arrangements to care for the grave. Each year thereafter he stopped the train to leave a bouquet of flowers. Although the train no longer passes through Clark, the service has continued each year since 1890 and is now sponsored by the Clark Rotary Club. The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.