“My dog Bambino wrote all of this,” Wayne Porter says as we read poetry in his sculpture park just outside Sioux Falls, SD above Interstate 90. “He’s the brains of this operation. But I have the opposable thumb.”
His point is well taken. The poetry describes the 50-plus sculptures at the eponymous Porter Sculpture Park, and the wrought-iron figures would have been hard to do with paws. I tell him they make a pretty good team.
“I know,” he says. “He’s a good dog.”
Porter might seem a bit eccentric anywhere other than the world of South Dakota roadside attractions. But in a state that’s made itself into the United States premier drive-through destination, he’s yet another reason to pull off the road.
South Dakota is the northern vestibule between the east and the great national parks of the west. Its highways are filled with dinosaurs, sculpture parks, classic cars, and rideable jackalopes. Which is why no American road trip is complete without discovering the roadside treasures that wait off the highways of South Dakota.