One needs to make the best of a situation. During a recent bout of insomnia, I was thumbing through some old pictures and stumbled upon these.
While heading for Oregon in 2010, my family and I stopped at the Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, South Dakota. If you are ever traveling on I-90, it is about 70 miles or so east of Mt. Rushmore and well worth the stop. Let’s take a quick stroll.
The museum sprawls over several acres, with a small western town plunked into the middle. Around the perimeter are various buildings with cars and motorcycles. This 1970 AMC Machine (this and the top picture) is but one example. The muscle car building also contained several Fords and GM products, although this AMC most captured my interest.
Also in the same building was this 1969 AMC Scrambler. If memory serves, there were three different paint schemes on these; I’m not sure which was the most common. Can somebody tell us?
Doesn’t the Ford sign gazing over its shoulder give you a mixed message?
Another of the buildings housed some of the older iron on display. This is a 1919 Apperson. No, it is not the rare Apperson Big Dick. How times have changed.
There was a sizable agriculturally related display at the museum with this Ford F-5 being in a prominent position. Too much time has elapsed to remember any details on this conversion.
Here’s another angle. Can anybody fill in the blanks?
The main building featured a number of higher end cars in better condition. This Buick wagon was one of those fortunate ones. Another was a ’69 Dodge Charger, reported to be one of the original five used on The Dukes of Hazzard. All inside photos turned out rather sketchy, so this one, as well as the AMC Scrambler, required some adjustment.
I had visited the Pioneer Auto Show once before in 1995 and many of the displays, such as the F-5 shown above and this Nash wrecker, had not moved in that time frame. Given the environmental conditions of South Dakota are not as harsh as elsewhere in the United States, there was not much deterioration in that time frame.
Even the Elite enjoy being at the Pioneer Auto Show!
Recently, the History Channel aired an episode of American Pickers in which several items were purchased from this museum. It was insinuated the museum was not as financially strong as it had been. The museum’s website is still up and running, so it appears it is still in business. If going to Mt. Rushmore, Sturgis, or the Badlands, this is not very far away and is less than a mile north of I-90. It’s time well spent.