Our first tourist stop was halfway there: the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Supposedly, the world's only corn palace As silly as it sounds, it's really a remarkable structure, standing in tribute to the agricultural heritage of South Dakota. Early settlers created it to display the fruits of their harvest on the building exteriors in order to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil. It was first built in 1892.
The whole town of Mitchell exists because of this corn palace, which attracts visitors from around the globe. Today the building is used by the entire region for stage shows, as well as sports events in the arena. During the day a market takes place, where you can buy every possible gift having to do with.... that's right, CORN! Corn Palace, 601 North Main, Mitchell, SD, tel.: 866-273-2676.