Highway 10: The Continental Divide to Kuchen

A Continental Divide, one of only five in the USA, runs back and forth across the border between South Dakota and Minnesota. A historical marker is located near Lake Traverse, which is located along the border. Your Highway 10 trip will feature historic sites, state parks, the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge and of course – lakes!

Sisseton is a lively little city that is home to the Stavig House Museum where the PBS program “The Stavig Letters” was filmed. Six state parks are nearby including the mysterious Sica Hollow, a registered National Natural Landmark, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. Visit the Nicollet Tower for a view of three states. Try your luck at the Dakota Connection Casino, fuel up and head to Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City. The historic park features 14 original buildings, a museum, outdoor recreation and special events; you can even stay overnight at this historic site.

Your next stop is Britton which is rich in Native American history and legend.  Learn more with a visit to Marshall County Prayer Rock Museum, which houses thousands of historical items and extensive wildlife exhibits. Then see the same creatures in the wild at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region and provides crucial habitat for migratory birds. After the 15-mile auto tour of the refuge, get out and stretch your legs at the visitor center and observation tower.  Further west near Leola, enjoy a wild prairie experience at Ordway Nature Preserve. Several hundred of the preserve’s 7,800 acres are fenced off from the buffalo herd so you may safely wander the wildflowers. On the corner of Highways 10 and 47 is Eureka, home of South Dakota’s state dessert known as kuchen.  No visit is complete without sampling this custard-filled German pastry. To learn more about the region’s culture, visit the Eureka Pioneer Museum of McPerson County and see the historic tractors, a school. sod house, church and more.

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