Buffalo Gap, South Dakota was named from the mountain butte gap that lies within a short distance of the town. This Gap provided an opening into the Black Hills Mountains from which large herds of buffalo would migrate in and out with the seasons. Buffalo Gap was one of the first established towns in the Hills area, as it was an outfitters town for gold miners.The railroad ran through Buffalo Gap dropping off prospectors and supplies.At one time the boomtown had numerous hotels, saloons, banks and retail stores, but the gold dried up and so did the town.
Today Buffalo Gap's population is less than 100 residents but many of the 100 + year old buildings are still standing.Love western history?You will want to stop and explore.
Picture your next travel stop in Buffalo Gap, South Dakota!