Roadside Attractions

Mitchell, South Dakota Corn Palace. The original Corn Palace, ca

Corn Palace. Mitchell, South Dakota Front View. September, 2009. Photo by Carol Highsmith.

Mitchell, South Dakota Corn Palace. The original Corn Palace, called “The Corn Belt Exposition” was established in 1892. Early settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building exterior in order to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil. The third and present building was completed for it first festival at the present location in 1921. The exterior decorations are completely stripped down and new murals are created each year.

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