South Dakota: Stay & Play

2021, Road Trip, South Dakota, States

While we are here staying at the Mitchell KOA Journey in Mitchell, South Dakota over the Labor Day weekend, we conversed with several fellow travelers and learned that for most folks, this is just a quick stop along the way either on their way to or from Mount Rushmore. In fact we did something similar on our 2008 Road Trip when we did a quick stop to visit the Corn Palace on our way from Sioux Falls to the Badlands. These days we tend to explore an area a bit more thoroughly and today we thought it appropriate to revisit Mitchell’s premier tourist attraction, The World’s Only Corn Palace, famous for its annually changing corn murals. We enjoyed taking our time, chatting with a volunteer who spoke of her own lifetime of memories of this local institution, and reading some of the bits of history displayed on the walls on the interior. This in fact is the third iteration of Mitchell’s Corn Palace with a history that dates back to 1880. This current building, truly a multipurpose community center, is celebrating its centennial this year with a theme of South Dakota: Stay & Play. Guess that’s what we’re doing this trip with a total of ten nights planned between Watertown, DeSmet, Mitchell, and Yankton. There’s more to do in South Dakota and indeed in Mitchell than we’ll get to do this trip. Guess we need to return yet again!

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