Focus West Gallery preserves cherished memories and photographs in custom mats and frames. Each photo-defending shell features handmade frame molding crafted from American hardwood and locally sourced barnwood, making each piece unique and allowing worn-out boards to retire in comfort.
The clubhouse at Les Bois Park serves a roster of classic American noshables to patrons wagering on speedy-steed sprints. Diners can safely bet on snacks such as breaded jalapeño poppers deep-fried and crammed with cream cheese ($7). Or bide time pre-race by devouring a basket of beer-battered onion rings ($8) or by using them to engage in a wager-worthy bout of wrist hula-hooping. Beefeaters will find char-broiled satisfaction with a Back Stretch burger slathered with thousand-island dressing and swiss cheese ($9) or a rib-eye steak ($18) hand-cut, grilled to order, and served with a baked potato and a vegetable medley.
In 1924, some Dakotans got together to celebrate the founding of their communities by the miners, muleskinners, and madams who arrived chasing gold. They made a yearly festival of the gathering, dubbing it the Days of '76; the even continues to this day, featuring both a parade and a rodeo.
Of course, between festivals, the organizers needed a place to tell this story and to keep the horse-drawn carriages, vintage clothing, firearms, and memorabilia that the festival collected. Sometimes, people stopped in to see the collection, turning the storage rooms into informal museum galleries. Finally, in 2012, organizers moved the collection of Western and American Indian artifacts, archives, photos, and artwork to a brand-new 32,000 square-foot building?and the Days of '76 Museum was born.