Old Fort Meade Museum | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
  • Old Fort Meade Museum
    Old Fort Meade Museum
  • Old Fort Meade Museum
    Old Fort Meade Museum
  • Old Fort Meade Museum
    Old Fort Meade Museum
  • Old Fort Meade Museum
    Old Fort Meade Museum

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There had long been talk of establishing a military post near Bear Butte. It was on the main trail to favorite hunting grounds of the Lakota Sioux and near the confluence of the heavily traveled trails to the gold fields in the Lead-Deadwood area. Journey back in military history through the many displays and exhibits.

Fort Meade was established during the winter of 1878-79 by the 1st & 11th infantry as well as the reorganized 7th Cavalry. Because Ft. Meade "maintained the peace", it became known as the Peace Keeper Fort. It outlived all other frontier posts of the Upper Missouri West, surviving as a military installation until 1944 when it became a Veterans Administration Hospital as it remains today.

Directions

Take Exit 32 off I-90 onto Junction Ave. Stay on Junction Ave. (to the right), and go straight through town. Turn right at stop light onto Lazelle Street. Continue on for about 1.58 miles. The Museum is on the VA Hospital grounds. Look for the BLUE SIGN on the right hand side - last entrance to the VA grounds, then follow the signs!