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Mitchell Corn Palace: Mitchell, South Dakota

The Mitchell Corn Palace in South Dakota is decorated each year with thousands of bushels of corn.

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Mitchell, South Dakota, is "Corn Capital of the World," a designation backed up by this one-of-a-kind community center.

Since 1921, locals have been decorating the outside of the turreted, czarist Russia-style palace with murals each year. But there's a twist: The medium is not paint, but thousands of bushels of corn and other South Dakota grains.

After the annual fall harvest, pigeons devour the palace's second skin, leaving it to wait out the winter in the buff.

Learn about roadside attractions like the Tower Conoco Station on Route 66 on the next page.

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