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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I'll take mine with butter, please

This is the famous Corn Palace located in Mitchell, South Dakota. Basically, it is a building that has exterior walls designed in corn and other grains. These designs change every year.



This year's theme is entitled, "Through the Ages", and deals with the topic of transportation. I didn't take photos of EVERY mural, but here are a few samples:(Click to enlarge any photo for more details)









More than 500,000 people visit the Corn Palace each year. The inside is used for local basketball games, community services, or special occasions. So what else to 500,000 people do in the town of Mitchell? Well, they could go shopping in the little stores typical of tourists traps everywhere.



I thought it was funny to read that the Corn Palace had received a grant from Homeland Security back in 2004. God forbid that terrorists should decide to bomb the palace. That would be a shitload of popcorn to clean up.

11 comments:

Meeko Fabulous said...

That's neat! Isn't South Dakota home to Mt. Rushmore too?

Brian Miller said...

this is amazing. someone posted a vid the other day of a video on the making of the art on the outer walls...so cool!

Rae said...

Oh yes. I have seen this before. It is amazing. Especially knowing that it is redone each year.

Gail said...

The Feds know what danger lurks within those kernels of corn.

Just asked Hubby, he is kinda in that business, and he said the farmers may have had a drought in the past and the money was to help the economy of the community.

Great post, if you keep going with these, I will not be Dumber than a Fifth Grader.

misslynda said...

What amazing creativity and what a LOT of work making those murals!

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Steven Anthony said...

I was nine the first time I visited the palace, I remember it like it was yesterday...isnt it impressive;)

as always a joy;)

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Awesome pictures!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I wondered whether you'd visit this! We visited it the same trip when we stopped at Wall Drug, so I was guessing you'd probably hit this other South Dakota icon (LOL) this time too.

Nice pictures!

Allen said...

haha at the pop corn statement. LOL

It hard to believe that they take all that down each year and replace it with new ones. That is impressive.

becky said...

Corn Art, how cool is that!?
I love all this interesting info... now to remember it all & go hit it big on Jeopardy!