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Corn Palace Makes List of Odd Roadside Attractions

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Photo By Travis Jacobs

When you live in South Dakota, you don’t find anything out of the ordinary about the Corn Palace in Mitchell. For the past 96 years, it’s always been there. Most of us don’t know a world without it.

We sometimes forget that a building covered in decorative corn is unusual to the rest of the world.

Mother Nature Network has reminded us with the inclusion of the Corn Palace on a list of ’10 Odd Roadside Attractions’.

Their take on the Corn Palace?

The Corn Palace is one of the headliners of South Dakota’s impressive lineup of odd and not-so-odd (Mount Rushmore?) roadside attractions.

Joining the Corn Palace on the odd list:

  • Brooks Catsup Water Tower – Collinsville, Illinois: This 1949 structure sits outside the Brooks Catsup Factory
  • Gum Wall – Seattle: An alley near Pike’s Market that featured the chewed up, discarded gum of passers-by
  • Oklahoma’s Blue Whale – Catoosa, Oklahoma: This 80-foot-long replica houses a water slide at a popular swimming hole
  • Georgia Guidestones – Elberton, Georgia: 19-foot walls of granite that have ‘post-apocalyptic’ inscriptions in eight different languages
  • Carhenge – Alliance, Nebraska: Think Stonehenge. only with cars
  • Clown Motel – Tonopah, Nevada: An entire clown-themed motel
  • Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard – Waterbury, Vermont: The place where old ice cream flavors go to die
  • Enchanted Highway Sculptures – North Dakota: A 32-mile stretch of highway featuring seven scrap-metal art pieces
  • Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas: A series of old Caddies half-buried, nose first in the ground, and covered with years of graffiti. This off place was immortalized in the 1980 Bruce Springsteen song of the same name:

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