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Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Mitchell, S.D.

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Helen Danny and I managed to get on the road as planned early Tuesday morning.  We headed out I64 and drove most of the day to reach Kansas City, Mo. where we spent our first night.  All has gone well so far.

We continued on our journey on Wednesday heading north on I29 until we reached I90 our road across South Dakota.  We decided to stop at Mitchell, S.D. to see the ":Corn Palace". 

The Corn Palace is a unique structure first built in the late 1890's when Mitchell was competing with Pierre to be named the state's capital and to celebrate the abundent corn harvest.   In August of each year, freshly harvested corn is attached to the building to form murals and a celebration is held.  Local artists design the murals which change each year.  Some of the famous people who have appeared at the Corn Palace are John Phillip Sousa, Lawrence Welk , Bob Hope and Willie Nelson to name a few.   Workmen were in the process of attaching the grasses to the murals while we were there.  Another interesting fact is that the place is eco friendly since birds can eat the corn off the sides of the building.  The building is used by the town for basketball games, shows and concerts.  We thought this would be kind of corny (ha,ha) like the biggest ball of twine but turned out to be worth the stop.
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