We once met an Aberdeen artist who liked to travel, but he lost his inspiration when he got away from the flatlands of Brown County. As soon as he neared home — and could once again see 25 miles in all directions — he felt rejuvenated. His landscapes captured the subtle layers of color from the marsh grasses to the cornfields, tree lines, onto the horizon and upward to prairie sunrises and sunsets. That’s how to appreciate Brown County; the multi-colored, horizontal layers. In the midst of it all lies Aberdeen, South Dakota’s largest northern city (pop. 28,000) and a major hub for agriculture, railroading, outdoor lovers, the arts, commerce and trees. Like the flatlands and lakes around it, Aberdeen is multi-faceted and that makes it fun to visit.
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