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The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota

Ah, the Corn Palace! What a site to behold! Where else can you see an exhibition hall topped with onion-shaped domes and covered with tens of thousands of dollars worth of oats, sorghum, barley, su
dan grass, and oh, how could I forget --- corn. Corn! Corn! Corn! Corn! White corn, red corn, brown corn, yellow corn, blue corn, speckled corn, splotchy corn--- eventually pigeon-pecked corn, thus scoring the Palace its other nickname: THE WORLD'S LARGEST BIRD FEEDER.

The corn isn't randomly stuck on willy-nilly, but each ear is skillfully sliced in half lengthwise with a powersaw, trimmed if necessary with a hand axe and carefully nailed in place, according to large corn-by-number drawings tacked up on tar paper. They are arranged to make murals: largely Americana scenes like pastoral fantasias, wagon trains on the move, Amerindians at sunset, that sort of thing.

The Palace itself is an exhibition hall, site of rodeos, high school basketball games (what a fun place to play ball!), farm machinery shows, polka parties, etc.
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Aug 22 2012 21:47 GMT 25barb
A terrific photo with a great documentary. A place I had always wanted to see...
Great details, colors, composition and lighting.
wonderful in original view
Aug 23 2012 04:50 GMT Annamaria
Nice to see you back, John! I hope you enjoyed your trip! Nice details on this buildinh, John!
Aug 23 2012 07:43 GMT elsje323
nice building
Aug 23 2012 13:40 GMT wijnie58
Great to see you back, John..! Everthing oke with Joyce...
Beautiful details....:-))
Aug 23 2012 17:09 GMT jomoud PRO
I am not back yet.
I am still in the Black Hills of South Dakota until the end of the week.
Aug 24 2012 20:55 GMT Papagena
Stunning architecture and colours !! I like the paintings a lot !!
Aug 25 2012 21:10 GMT yvonNL
Great roof looks like russia