Some think of us as a Native American art gallery; others see us as an authentic trading post reminiscent of days gone by, but everyone who visits us leaves with the same thing…an experience that lasts forever.
Ray Hillenbrand established the Prairie Edge concept in the early 1980s with two primary purposes:
- Educate the public about and preserve the heritage and culture of the Northern Plains Indians.
- Provide Northern Plains Indian artists an outlet for their finest work (at a fair price to them).
Located on the corner of 6th Street and Main in downtown Rapid City, Prairie Edge stands two stories high and stretches out for half a block. The brick, wood, and glass storefront have been restored to its original 19th century glory.
Inside, the hardwood floors and polished cabinetry bring to mind the spirit of the Old West, while the distinct smell of sage and sweetgrass as well as the soft sound of a Lakota flute evoke the mystique of the Great Plains Indian.