July 2, 2016 – Sioux Falls … North Sioux City, SD to Mitchell, SD

The first half of today’s trip took us north on I-29, where the speed limit was

Posted Spped Limit on I-29 in South Dakota - 2016-07-02

Enroute to Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota, where we exited the Interstate to detour into town to

Falls Park Sign, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

to see the city’s historic and dramatic waterfalls. 

Falls, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

Middle Falls (a), Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

Middle Falls (c), Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

Middle Falls (b), Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02 Middle and Lower Falls (a), Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

Side Falls (b1), Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02 Side Falls (a1), Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

Stream Below the Falls, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

Aside from the Visitor’s Center and viewing tower there are two buildings on the property.

Sioux Falls Light & Power Company Hyrdo Plant, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02The quartzite building still standing on the east bank is the Sioux Falls Light and Power Company building, completed in 1908. The building housed three 500-kilowatt hydroelectric generators and used the dam and the millrace from the Queen Bee Mill. In subsequent years the plant added additional coal-fired steam generators. The plant was abandoned in 1974 and donated to the city in 1977. Before remodeling took place to create the Falls Overlook Cafe, the building was in similar condition as when it was first constructed.

 

Queen Bee Mill, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

The remains of the seven-story Queen Bee Mill, a brainchild of Richard Pettigrew, lie on the east side of the river. In the fall of 1878 Pettigrew decided Sioux Falls needed its own mill so farmers could avoid the cost of shipping wheat to Minnesota or Wisconsin. Pettigrew acquired the land and then traveled east to locate an investor: New Jersey capitalist George I. Seney.  The mill opened on Oct. 25, 1881, and consisted of a seven-story main structure built of Sioux Quartzite quarried on site. Nearly $500,000 was spent on the construction of the state-of-the-art mill and its supporting structures. At the time of its construction, the mill was one of the most advanced in America. The mill could process 1,500 bushels each day. However, by 1883, the mill was closed – a victim of inadequate water power and a short supply of wheat.  Several companies tried in vain to make the mill a success in succeeding years. In 1929 it was converted into a warehouse. On Jan. 30, 1956, fire swept through the structure, destroying the wooden roof and interior floors. The upper walls were later knocked down to prevent them from falling.

There are a number of interesting sculptures and statues throughout the Park, a few of which:

American Farmer Sculpture (a), Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02American Farmer

American Farmer Sculpture (b), Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02

Buffalo Statue, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02Monarch of the Plains

Canadian Goose Sculpture, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02Canadian Goose

Weather Vane, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02Weather Vane

Young Girl and Boy Sculpture, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02Girl and Boy

What we didn't know is that there are several dozen sculptures around Sioux Falls … which we might have tried to locate.

Then back through a Farmer’s Market to get back to our motorhome

View of Farmer's Market and Our RV from Tower,  Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02where we discovered pink hair.

Purple Hari, Farmers' Market, Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD - 2016-07-02`

Now heading West on I-90 … which passed within a mile of where Debbie lived in eastern Massachusetts when we first met … the landscape changed.  Not really rolling, but more undulating knolls were very apparent.

Undulating Landscape (c) Along I-90, Eastern SD - 2016-07-02

Undulating Landscape (b) Along I-90, Eastern SD - 2016-07-02

Undulating Landscape (a) Along I-90, Eastern SD - 2016-07-02

In and around

Mitchell, SD - 2016-07-02our destination we passed a July 4th tribute.

Flag Tribute, Mitchell, SD - 2016-07-02

Arriving at our campground, we spotted a Korean War Army Jeep with a license plate which brought back memories of one of our all-time favorite television shows.

Korean War Era Jeep (a), Lake MItchell Campground, Mitchell, SD - 2106-07-02

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