A-maize-ing Ear-chitecture

Trip Start Jul 06, 2011
Trip End Jul 21, 2011

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Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Monday, July 11, 2011

Mitchell South Dakota is the home of the world famous Corn Palace. It is the one place in the world that has murals on the inside and outside made out of corn. The outside ones are changed each year and the inside ones every ten years. It is all done by volunteers!  If you look at the photos we have some general pictures of the outside and then a zoomed in picture of the details of corn. Also there were volunteers working while we were there on some of the lower parts, both getting the material ready and putting it up.

Inside the building is used as an entertainment complex and basketball stadium. While there the gift shop is on the main floor. The folks there were very nice. Alison collects squished pennies and wanted one from there, but both machines were broken, One of the ladies there told her to leave her name and some money for the penny machine and once fixed she would send here the completed penny. Very nice. Alison also got to meet Cornelious the walking ear of corn. You can see the picture in the gallery.

We left Mitchell about noon and decided to have a sit down lunch at one of the rest areas in route to Wall. The picture of the one room chapel is from the rest area. Also along the way I have included a picture of the grasslands. Boy is it rolling countryside.

Because we had extra time we decided to move up the Badlands to today, so you will see an entry for our visit there. I just don't think there are words for that place.

Alison's Entry

It was interesting that the building was covered in corn. I didn't think that was possible. Can't wait for next stop!

Peg's Additions:

I had been to the Corn Palace many, many years ago.  I was amazed how much the town had grown since then.  A long time ago there weren't any shops.  I remember we pulled into the town and parked in front of the place.  They didn't sell anything inside.  They just had a lady with information packets and a donation box.  Not anymore!  There are all kinds of tacky shops all around the palace.  Now there are food cafes and a huge gift shop in the palace! 
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