Thursday, December 2, 2010

American Roadside Kitsch: The Corn Palace

We stopped by the Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota some years ago, while driving from Iowa back to British Columbia.

If you believe this recent piece in the L.A. Times, it's facing a difficult future. Sad to say, we didn't find it nearly as compelling as, for example, the Little Bighorn Battlefield along the same route.

It's certainly a different world than it used to be. We've visited a few roadside attractions during road trips in the U.S. and Canada, from South Dakota's Wall Drug to the World-Famous Hole N" The Rock in Utah (our favorite souvenir in the gift shop was an illustrated "God Bless Our Camper" plate suitable for hanging) to the long gone Santa Claus California just south of Santa Barbara. Roadside America is an elaborate website devoted to such attractions.

We can't help but wonder how many will still be around when our granchildren set off cross-country, and whether there'll be any entertainment value left to those remaining as the 21st century unfolds.

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