A City That Takes Time for History

A sweet and timeless fact about Aberdeen is how its citizens fed delicious pheasant sandwiches to trains full of hungry young soldiers who passed through during World War II. Hunters and farmers provided the birds. Some days, volunteers made and served more than 1,500 troops. Their hospitality became legendary in military circles; after the war ended, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman even came by for a sandwich. Today the same sandwich is served to hunters who arrive for opening weekend of the pheasant season in October — and many ask for the recipe, which any Aberdonian will happily share. The historic railroad depot still stands on North Main, near the impressive Dacotah Prairie Museum, where you’ll find a recreation of the canteen and other interesting exhibits and memorabilia of Brown County’s farm and railroad heritage.

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