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Belle Fourche and Butte County

Belle Fourche is a nice sized town of about 5700 (up 25% since 2000) located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 85 and 212 in Butte County in Eastern South Dakota not far from the border with Wyoming. Belle Fourche was established in 1876 when farmers and ranchers came to the fertile valley around Belle Fourche to provide food for the miners here for the gold rush. Belle Fourche was settled by a number of immigrants from New France who named the town Belle Fourche (French for Beautiful Fork) because it was at the confluence of the Belle Fourche and Redwater Rivers and Hay Creek. In 1884, the Marquis de Mores established a stagecoach line between Medora, North Dakota and Deadwood, South Dakota with a stage stop in Belle Fourche. Instrumental in establishing the town was Seth Bullock a sheriff, businessman and marshal. Belle Fourche became a shipping center for cattle and their products and still serves as a shipping point today. Belle Fourche is the county seat of Butte County. Butte County was formed in 1883 and was named for the French word for "hill". Human habitation in Butte County has been traced back to the Middle Plains Archaic Period around 3000 B.C.. The Butte County Courthouse was designed by architect C. A. Randall using a combination of the Classical Revival and Beaux Arts style of architecture and was completed in 1911. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Belle Fourche is also the home of the very nice Tri-State Museum.

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  • Last visit to Belle Fourche: Jul 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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