Welcome to Killdeer!
Founded by Russian immigrants, this little hamlet with a big heart has thrived culturally even as it shrank physically. It's located just southeast of the eastern gateway to the Grasslands National Park and the Killdeer Badlands.
A close-knit community, the people of Killdeer maintained links with one another long after the town itself disappeared. Much like the fabled Brigadoon, every five years the community magically comes to life again. The rebirth begins with the pitching of a huge tent that acts as a centre for one of the area's largest recurring reunions. Every five years, former residents of this little town make their way back to their former homes. For one amazing weekend, there is continual music, conversation, dancing and mingling. Old acquaintances are renewed, old tales retold. Then, just as suddenly as it appeared, the crowd disperses, the tent is struck and silence returns to boundless prairie. Should you choose to attend one of these celebrations, you'll find the local people friendly and welcoming. The last reunion was held in 2003, and already the planning committee is gearing up for 2008.
The town is located just southeast of the eastern gateway to the Grasslands National Park and the Killdeer Badlands. You'll find that folks in the area are more than helpful to eco-tourists and explorers who want to see what the prairies were like before the coming of the settlers in the 1880s. Come prepared to rough it, but rest assured you'll never forget the land, the stars, and the peaceful quiet of its undisturbed nature.