After our night on the Ingalls Homestead, we continued the trek west. The Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD was the next stop. I had no idea such a place existed. It was quite a visual treat. The whole building is done in a corn and grain mosaic. Inside the building are pictures of the palace and the murals dating back to its inception in 1892. It reminded me of a friend who loves mosaics. I doubt she has ever thought of using corn!
|Murals inside the center which was setup for a volleyball game|
The day we visited some people were working on removing one of the panels to make way for the new installation. It was quite impressive. Each mural is comprised of ears of corn nailed to the side of the building. They use 13 natural shades of corn to create the pictures as well as other native grains and grasses. Eamon grabbed a piece of the old corn which littered the sidewalk. He wanted to keep it as a bit of treasure.
|New Mural for 2013|
From the Corn Palace, we headed to Wall Drug. This crazy store is chock full of everything. The kiddos loved looking at all the trinkets, It has so many separate stores and treasures. The kiddos also liked the decorations throughout the buildings. I was amazed at what this small town had done to bring tourism and money here. Wall drug is a South Dakota icon. It was near closing time when we arrived, so we had to limit our meandering, however it is somewhere my kiddos want to visit again.