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hulett ham and jam 2016 and wyoming wednesday

The Sturgis Rally 2016 is quickly approaching and as anyone who has been to the rally before knows….. Wednesday is know as Wyoming Wednesday and the most popular event is the Ham and Jam in Hulett – August 10th 2016.

Taking a ride to Devil’s Tower is popular with many visitors to the Black Hill area.  But, during the rally you’ll see a lot of motorcycles and on Wednesday of the rally you will see many, many motorcycles. There is also a nick name for the day, I’ll let you find on your own  (it may have something to do with women’s undergarments).Winking smile

The Ham and Jam at the Rodeo Bar has been a long running tradition during the rally and 2016 is no exception.  The folks at Hulett Chamber of Commerce told me the Rodeo Bar is having a free pig roast and live music.  And, the Ponderosa Café and Bar (you know the place – good burgers) is planning drink specials and live music all day. Plus – Main Street is closed to thru traffic for bike parking.

So if you in the area take a ride through the Bear Lodge portion of the Black Hill National Forest.  And, have a lot of fun in Hulett.

While you are in Wyoming you might as well visit Sundance too.  They have plenty planed as well.  At 4pm burnouts start, there are plenty of festivities planned for the whole day.

Hey if you are at the rally have you seen all the Sturgis Rally Concerts? Even Weird Al is coming.  Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Elle King and more.

The Air and Space Museum near Rapid City at Ellsworth AFB

There is a great Air and Space Museum near Rapid City and it is free.  My family and I were really impressed by the number and quality of displays and information.  The museum is located outside the front gate of Ellsworth Air Force Base.

There are more than thirty vintage aircraft.  Everything for helicopters to a B-1 Bomber. There is plenty to see inside the building too.  The kids can even climb into a cockpit.

June 1st to Labor day the museum is open 7  days a week 8:30am to 6pm.  There are even base tours available for a small charge.  Visit the website for off season hours and more information.

How to find the Air Museum

It is only about 7 miles from Rapid City.  Just take exit 67B if east bound, exit 67 if west bound off of Interstate 90.  Turn north and follow the signs

Deadwood South Dakota historic cemetery

Deadwood’s other historic cemetery may be lesser know, but is still worth a visit for history buffs.  St. Ambrose Cemetery is located on Burnham Hill in Deadwood.

The cemetery was established in the early 1880’s as the cemetery serving the Catholic parish.  It was transferred to the city in 2003.  There have be numerous improvements and restoration efforts in recent years.

The angel in the picture watches over the grave of Oscar Stanley Rewman.  He died July 6th 1891 at the age of two.

It is pretty easy to find.  I usually park in the lot at the lower end of Main Street.  Cross the four lane street and walk up Burnham Ave, hang a left on Pleasant Street until get to the gate.

If you are looking to checkout more history in the Deadwood area consider visiting Mount Moriah, Friendship Tower, Preacher Smith Monument, Seth and Martha Bullock’s grave and the museums in Deadwood.