Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Mitchell Corn Palace

The Corn Palace is a multi-purpose arena/facility located in Mitchell, South Dakota. It is a popular tourist destination, visited by more than 500,000 people each year. The Moorish Revival building is decorated with Crop art; the murals and designs covering the building are made from corn and other grains. It also hosts the home basketball games of Dakota Wesleyan University and the Mitchell High School Kernels.

The Mitchell Corn Palce was inaugurated in 1892, as an ingenious way to showcase the fertile lands of South Dakota, and encourage people to move here. Back then it was just a wooden building, but as its popularity kept growing, it suffered several redesigns, and became a national attraction.

The pieces of corn are nailed into place, using the designs for guidance. The corn used is especially grown for this task, using a variety of seeds, to produce different colors. The decoration of Mitchel Corn Palace with grain murals, costs the town of Mitchell $130,000 every year.

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Anonymous said...

That place looks BORING!!!