Corn Palace and Mitchel SD

Aha – Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota what do you see? CORN, CORN and more CORN, ya on an occasion you get to see fields and fields of soybeans. As the story goes when Lewis and Clark came through here they wrote that it was a desolate country and they did not believe anything could grow here. This did not sit well with the locals, so they all got together and built the first Corn Palace in 1892 and another one in 1912, the current one is number three, built in 1921 and is built of concrete and steel, it is not going to burn down!

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This years theme was a salute to Rodeo. Inside is actually a stadium where concerts, rock stars and basket ball is played during winter months. It has several corn murals that are not changed, just a little upkeep. Oh ya, because the outside is all natural corn it is the largest bird feeder in the world.

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The above series of panels depict the way of life from left to center the settlers and from the right the Indians both meeting in the center in friendship. Each panel represents housing, food and spirituality.

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Panning for gold

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Hunting the pheasant

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Planting corn together
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Peace pipe
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Peg waiting on me to finish taking pictures, she is so patient.

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A little shopping area across from the palace.

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Peg made friends with the local Indians

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Although neither one looks happy about it.

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So she tried a local prospector

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They both look a little happier

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One thing that we have noted is there is no shortage of gambling places. Even the gas stations are casinos.

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A final look at the corn palace