Mitchell, South Dakota, is known for two things: George McGovern and the world’s only Corn Palace, a corn-themed museum and events center. With the economy and changing tastes, the Palace is having trouble attracting tourists. The same is true for highway tourists destinations across America.
“That is the pressure a lot of them have: to think about whether they need to modernize,” said Doug Kirby, co-founder of RoadsideAmerica.com, which monitors thousands of roadside attractions, including the worlds largest ball of twine, concrete dinosaurs and countless gator, reptile and rodent farms. “This has definitely been a tough period for the attractions.”
According to Trip Advisor, the Corn Palace is the second best thing to do in Mitchell, after the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village (although the Corn Palace has 49 reviews while the Indian Village only has 2).
it was on our way and we had the time, so we stopped by. I liked it more than I thought. Quite interesting to see all the murals made from ears of corn and corn stalks. Nice job they do with it.
It was well worth the stop. It is amazing to me that this is just a giant gymnasium that is decorated in corn. Not just any corn but all different colors and types. The designs and scenes are beautiful and every year they actually change them. We spent at least an hour or so there just wandering around and even tried some of the mini corn on the cobs for only 50 cents a piece..Can’t beat that deal!
We had the choice of visiting the Corn Palace or the Spam Museum as a stop over on a road trip (corn over spam anyday!!) and the Palace won. To be fair, the palace is not made of corn, its a brick building with corn stuck on top, dont get me wrong, the time and effort that has gone into the detail of the decor is amazing, but inside is nothing more than a basketball court with a school fete inside, selling nothing more than corn themed items (corn shaped earrings anyone!!).
I wouldn’t go out of my way to see this unless you really like corn. It is a decent stopping point between the Black Hills and the Twin Cities so we stopped in. It is basically a big gift shop with artwork made from corn inside an auditorium. They do have some reasonably prices hot dogs here though so we ended up getting lunch here.
The current Corn Palace was built in 1921 and is the third. The first Corn Palace was built in 1892. Mitchell is thinking about building a new one.
Via The Morning News.