Population: 14,558 • Elevation: 1,312
Mitchell is located along Interstate 90 in southeast South Dakota. Sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to the Hills," Mitchell is just 4 hours from the Black Hills of South Dakota. Whether you are coming through on vacation, an event, business or a dynamic hunting experience, you will find everything you need right here in Mitchell. The small-town feel of our community along with our superb hospitality will comfort and relax you.
Visit the World's Only Corn Palace, Prehistoric Indian Village, Dakota Discovery Museum, McGovern Legacy Museum and Carnegie Resource Center. Over 1,000 hotel/motel rooms, 7 campgrounds and over 50 restaurants.
The original Corn Palace, called "The Corn Belt Exposition," was established in 1892. Early settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building exterior in order to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil. The third and present building was completed for its first festival at the present location in 1921. The exterior decorations are completely stripped down and new murals are created each year. The murals are designed by local artists, Oscar Howe having been one. New materials are applied to the building with each mural depicting an important facet of the lifestyle of South Dakota. These murals require thousands of bushels of corn, grain, grasses, wild oats, brome grass, blue grass, rye, straw and wheat each year.
Prehistoric Indian Village
Historically, more than 1,000 years ago, the Prehistoric Indian Village, was a thriving community of more than 1,000 American Indians, gardeners and hunters occupying 70 lodges along the beautiful shore of Lake Mitchell. Take a step into the past to allow this archaeological site to reveal this historical landmark containing many artifacts of early village life.