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Platte has a unique history and has many attractions that the town has taken great care to preserve and enhance, such as the Cecil & Phyllis Melcher Museum and the Lyric Theater. They also have shops and venues of interest that were created around the culture and past-times of the Platte community. When visiting these attractions, you will not only enjoy yourself, but you’ll also learn a little about the heritage and traditions of Platte.
The Cecil & Phyllis Melcher Museum
The Cecil & Phyllis Melcher Museum was originally housed in the Lyric Theatre building, which had previously served as an opera house and a movie theatre. When the Lyric Theatre re-opened in 2004, the Museum moved to the Creamery building. In 2011, the museum society purchased a manufacturing building, which was renovated and now houses the collection of memorabilia from the Platte area. The museum features doll collections, wildlife of South Dakota, toy tractors, arts of local areas, tractors, cars, a military room to honor veterans past and present, and old Platte photos. The first Territorial and City Schools are also on display. You can check out the museum and learn a little about the town and area that you are visiting.
Open Memorial Day Weekend: Friday – Monday, 1-4 p.m.
After Memorial Day: Fridays and Saturdays – 1-4 p.m.
Otherwise by appointment: To schedule, call Marc or Dianne King, 207-0238 or 207-0239; Kirk Jensen, 337-2529; or Lyle Schipper, 337 3413.
The museum is closed during the winter months but can be open by appointment. To schedule, please call one of the above numbers.
Lake Platte Golf Course
Lake Platte Golf Course challenges both beginners and seasoned golfing veterans over its nine-hole course. The semi-public course offers open green fees and has a clubhouse that includes a full-service restaurant, small pro-shop and provides cart rentals. Sign up for a men’s or women’s league and have fun golfing in the scenic setting of Lake Platte.
Lewis and Clark Trail
History buffs and nature enthusiasts alike will enjoy following the historic trek of Lewis and Clark. Walk where the Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, journeyed in 1804 while on the search of discovering a new land route to the Pacific Ocean.
Visitors can learn about the trade relations made with the Native American people and the story of Private George Shannon, who was lost in the Platte area for nearly two weeks during the expedition. Look for guide signs near Snake Creek Recreation Area and enjoy walking in the footsteps of history.
Can you list the best picture at the Oscars for the past 20 years? If you can, we have something for you, the movie buff. Buy some popcorn and a pop and take in a movie at the renovated Lyric Theater. See a lit bit of Platte’s history while you watch the next Oscar winner. A new movie is shown four times every weekend. In 2011, the theatre upgraded to a 2D/3D digital projector. The theatre is also home to productions of musical entertainment, plays and community events, all in an intimate 250-seat setting.
The Platte-Winner Bridge opened in 1966 and spans the Missouri River. With the completion of the bridge, travelers gained a new route to and from the Black Hills. The bridge is one of the longest and most unforgettable bridges in the state, with a length of 5,655 feet, a width of 28 feet, (two lanes), and sits 30 feet above the water.
The scenic highways and back country roads around Platte offer some spectacular views of the Missouri River and the hills that surround them. If you really want a treat, take a drive around dusk and pay special attention to the sun as it slips away into the hills. The combination of colors as the sun sets over the hills and the river is breathtaking.
Cedar Grove Colony, Platte Colony, or Grass Ranch Colony
Unique to the Platte area is having three Hutterite Colonies north of town only minutes away from each other. Meals and tours are available upon request with advance notice.
One of Platte’s first fire trucks, a 1923 American LaFrance truck, was saved and is housed in Anne's Firehouse on Main Street.
Platte is thriving with diverse businesses and unique shopping opportunities. From antiques to consignments, hardware to variety stores, boutiques and even an art gallery you just never know what treasure might be waiting for you when you experience real hometown shopping and service.