Friday, August 24, 2012

The Corn Palace

August 22, 2012:

We departed Sioux Falls on August 20th and arrived at Hills RV Park in Plankinton, SD in early afternoon.  It's was a full hook-up, self service camp site in an open field with construction equipment running around next door kicking up lots of dust.  We did enjoy the pool though, we had it all to ourselves and caught up on the laundry.  I explored downtown Plankinton, took about 15 minutes, it's an old town with some history but progress has sort of passed it by.  We went to the most happening looking bar downtown, the Roadhouse Pub, it defined the term dive bar !  Our purpose in staying there was to go to the Corn Palace about 15 miles away in Mitchell, SD.  The Corn Palace was incredible, but I have to say that based on old photos, it's not as spectacular as in years past.  We wandered around the downtown area as the Corn Palace festival vendors were setting up.  We then went to the Carnegie Library building which now houses lots of great Corn Palace memorabilia and genealogy materials.  We had a private tour from a most dedicated women volunteer, who it turns out was a previous mayor of Mitchell, the one responsible for saving the building and starting the museum. We then found the old train station, now a very nice bar and restaurant, had a drink then went back to the downtown festival for an Indian Taco.  Then, the highlight of the day, "The Bull Bash" at the rodeo arena that was pure western Americana.  An exhausting day, but a good one. Tomorrow, August 23rd, another move day to the Bad Lands National Park Campground for a week. 

Roadhouse Pub in Plankinton

Corn Palace

Corn Palace detail

Corn Palace interior arena

Western shop in downtown Mitchell

Downtown Mitchell bar

Ceiling art work at Carnegie Library that saved building

Corn Palace festival

Rodio bull riders

Kick ass bull !

cowboys herding bulls back to the pen

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