Sturgis Travel Blog

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Sturgis is noted for their legendary bike week which happens during the first full weekend on August.  That is when this sleepy little town grows from 6,442 people to a whopping 515,000 for a two week period.  So, with that being said here is a brief history:

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota each first full week of August. It was founded on August 14, 1938 by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club who still own and operate the tracks, hill climb, and field areas that the rally is concentrated around.

The first rally lasted two days and was focused on racing and stunts.

The founder is generally considered to be Clarence "Pappy" Hoel who is still honored in various ways by the crowd at Sturgis.

The main focus of a motorcycle rally was originally racing and stunts. This could include half mile track racing (the first year in Sturgis, there were 19 participants), board wall crashes (intentional), ramp jumps and head on collisions with automobiles.

While at Sturgis I visited some of the other local attractions such as Bear Butte State Park, Fort Meade Calvary Museum, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Black Hills National Cemetery, South Dakota Centennial Trail, Wonderland Cave, St. Martin's Chapel, Poker Alice House, Annie Tallent Home, Charles Nolin Monument, and the many public sculptures throughout the town.

For those of you who enjoy the occasional adult beverage I will happily recommend One-eyed jacks saloon.

  This place is an institution with strong drinks, tons of history and entertainment for all.  Now this is a minor warning regarding the morality tale of the evils of this establishment’s bongs and shots, well and dancing on the bar (however there are no photos of this so technically it didn't happen).  The bar opens at a brisk 8:00am most days and there are people there by 8:15 am.  If you want food it can be brought in however, there is a price.  For every special request you get your choice of a house shot or the notorious beer bong.  The beer bong is not for the faint of heart.  The bar is packed with photos, memorabilia, and bike souvenirs.

There are tons of other things in the town to bring a smile to the face of youth and old alike.  I would recommend seeing the abstract sculpture in front of the Sturgis Public Library prior to visiting One-eyed jack’s saloon.

I have not been to Sturgis during bike week but it is on my list of to-do.


ms_travelr says:
If you get a chance to go during bike, don't forget your camera ! I'm sure there'll be some interesting people and bikes.
Posted on: Apr 30, 2008
postaltiburon says:
Beautiful photos! You have a great eye for capturing your world!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2008
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