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Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,627 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union General Samuel D. Sturgis.Sturgis is notable as the location of one of the largest annual motorcycle events in the world, which is held annually on the second full week of August. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world flock to this town during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Sturgis is also noted for hosting the 1996 edition of WCW Hog Wild.HistorySturgis was founded in 1878. It was originally named Scooptown, because many of the residents "scooped up" their pay from nearby Fort Meade. Its name was later changed to Sturgis in honor of the Civil War Union General Samuel D. Sturgis. In 1889, Sturgis was designated as the county seat of the newly formed Meade County.As part of the vast Ellsworth Air Force Base complex, the land north of Sturgis was dotted with 50 Minuteman missile silos. The L5 is 3.5mi from the center of the town.Towards the end of the summer of 2015, the Full Throttle Bar, one of the largest and well known bars in Sturgis, burned down.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame ©
Specialty Museum
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Duration: 2 hours
Black Hill National Cemetery ©
Black Hill National Cemetery
Duration: 1h 30 min
Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House ©
Winery / Vineyard
Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House
Duration: 1h 30 min
Old Fort Meade Museum ©
History Museum
Old Fort Meade Museum
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Sturgis

Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Geologic Formation
Needles Eye Tunnel Custer
Duration: 2 hours
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Geologic Formation
Devils Tower National Monument Devils Tower
Duration: 2h 30 min
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery Deadwood
Duration: 2 hours
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest Custer
Duration: 2 hours

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