The Depot Museum: The Romance of the Rails

Monday, February 13, 2017

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There is a quote from the renowned philosopher and novelist George Santayana  that reads, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Its meaning is simple: Understanding where we’ve been is the key to understanding the future. Do you like history? The Depot Museum in De Smet is a fun way to learn about its roots!

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, trains were the way the country moved. More than just a means of transportation, they were a large part of culture in our rapidly expanding country. Railroad depots were often gathering places and settings for social events. The Depot in De Smet was no exception, and it’s been preserved so that generations to come might have the opportunity to touch a piece of their own history.

The Depot Museum  is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm in the months of June, July and August. In addition to the museum itself, there is also the school house attended by Harvey Dunn and made famous in his painting “After School”.

For more information or to volunteer or make a donation, please call Charmeine Bohn at 605-854-3809 or Helen Gehm at 605-854-3274. To learn about other attractions in De Smet and the surrounding area, click on this link: There’s a lot to do in De Smet, SD!

Category: Tourism