Facts About Mitchell Corn Palace In South Dakota

Travel - Locations
By: hummingbirdee    
08-Jan-2011

Introduction:The Mitchell Corn Palace in South Dakota is a monument to maize. Mitchell is a prairie town with a population of 14,500. Their unique building of folk art corn-design has enticed travelers to detour to the city for over 75 years. Currently, the town is seeing a decline in the number of people stopping by for a roadside break. This is hurting the economy in the area. People today want to visit a flashy attraction, rather than to stop by and see something with a little character.

  • 01

    Structure

    The Mitchell Corn Palace towers over other buildings on the Main Street of the town. It is was constructed of reinforced concrete back in 1921. Two other structures were built before it, starting in the year 1892. Both ended up being too small to accommodate the growing popularity. The first monument was called "The Corn Belt Exposition." The original idea to build it came from the hope that it would attract more farmers to the area to benefit from the fertile soil. The building's domes look a lot like architecture from czarist Russia. Because of all of the ears of corn on the outside, locals call it "ear-chitecture."

  • 02

    Design

    The outside exterior of the Mitchell Corn Palace is decorated with thousands of colorful corn cobs, grains and grasses. All of this is held together by tons of wires, staples and nails. Each spring, the creative murals of grain are replaced to reflect a different theme or event going on in the community. The residents of Mitchell take a great deal of pride in these mural themes of grain. Several vibrant colors from varieties of native American-corn have been bred to make the murals more artistic.

  • 03

    Uses

    The interior of the Mitchell Corn Palace is used for civic events, sports and other entertainment. Many touring celebrities have performed in the arena. The local high school sports teams, the Kernels, play all of their games there. It also houses a gift shop and a corn-type museum. About 20 years ago, a half-million people visited the Corn Palace during the tourist season from May to August. Now, only about 300,000 stop by.

  • 04

    Festivities

    The Mitchell Corn Palace is the only one like it in the world. It stands as a tribute to the agricultural pioneers of South Dakota. Around the end of August of each year, the residents host a Corn Palace Festival. It is something that everyone looks forward to the entire year. There is entertainment, amusement rides and plenty of corn-related foods like corn on the cob, corn dogs and popcorn. It is a celebration of American heritage.

  • 05

    Bird Feeder

    The Mitchell Corn Palace is known as the biggest bird feeder ever invented. After the festivities of the Corn Festival have ended, the birds and squirrels begin to feast on the outside murals. They are fed all during the long winter months. Nothing goes to waste.




Final Thoughts

The Address is:
604 North Main Street, Mitchell, SD
Directions:
Take I-90 to Mitchell. Go North on Hwy 37 (Sanborn Blvd) into town. Turn right on 6th Avenue. The Mitchell Corn Palace is three blocks east of Hwy 37, at the corner of 6th and Main.
The Admission is free.




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  • goodselfme 1/8/2011 Flag This Comment

    This was an especially great read about Mitchell Corn Palace. I had been there on my honeymoon some more than 40 years ago and remember the sight well. Good detail which brought the vision back to me once more.Thank you.

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