D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery 2021 Update
While revisiting Spearfish, South Dakota this year we made the decision to hit up the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives again.
This free attraction is pretty interesting and better yet pet friendly. When we visited last year none of the little museum buildings were open because of the pandemic. Before our trip this time I checked the website and confirmed they were available to visit this year so we stopped in to see what we had missed.
I already did an extensive post of this place before that included details on the buildings we didn’t get to see. This particular post will just be pics of what was closed before. To get a wealth of information on the hatchery and see everything we explored last year as well as details on location and hours check out my previous post.
So this time we got to see inside the Von Bayer Museum of Fish Culture which was the original 1899 hatchery building. There were quite a number of cool exhibits inside and I would love to have one of those metal milk jug looking contraptions for my collection.
The lady working the desk said the original family lived in part of the house while the trout hatched from their eggs in another part. That’s a little weird.
We also got to walk inside the Fisheries Railcar Exhibit whose design was modeled after a railcar named Fish Car #3. I thought it looked like an awfully fancy set up for something hauling around smelly fish all day.
The Fish Culture Hall of Fame had a very cool display of parts of a boat covered in an invasive snail species. They also had pics of a lot of individuals honored in the field of aquaculture.
The Booth House was open too for tours, but we skipped that one. Pets aren’t allowed inside any of these buildings so we were taking turns going inside. Neither one of us were very interested in the house tour though so we don’t think we missed out on much.
So that will about wrap it up. All the buildings we missed out on were pretty small and didn’t take long to explore. I’m still glad we stopped in again though, because even though they may have been smaller exhibits they still contained a lot of interesting items.
It was just as much fun walking around the grounds this year as last. We got to watch and feed so many fishies. Also our cat Everest loves the underground viewing area. One of the employees even fed the fish above us so they would go crazy. Everest eyes were so big as he pawed at the glass trying to catch a trout bigger than him.
That moment alone was so worth the trip!