Mitchell Welcomes You!
Mitchell is a city in Davison County,
South Dakota. The population was 15,254 at the 2010 census. Mitchell was
incorporated in 1881. It was named for Milwaukee banker Alexander
Mitchell, President of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St.Paul Railroad.
Mitchell is home of the
world famous Corn Palace. The Corn Palace is decorated with several
colors of dried corn and grains creating murals. The theme of the murals
is changed regularly. The building itself is used for several purposes
including a basketball arena the local high school prom, trade shows,
staged entertainment, and the Shriner's Circus.
Mitchell is also home to
the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. The Prehistoric Indian Village
is an archaeological site where scientists are excavating a Native
American village, believed to be ancestors of the present Mandan
residing in North Dakota, that is buried near Lake Mitchell. The
excavation site is unique in that it is enclosed by an Archeodome, a
climate controlled building built over the excavation, that allows
scientists to continue their excavation year round. There is also a
small museum of Native American art and history nearby.
For over 65 years the
Dakota Discovery Museum has been welcoming cultures from all over the
world to a place of imagination. Explore the traditions of early
American settlers… from railroading, farming, and ranching, to fur
trade, hunting, and the rugged experiences of stagecoach travel. Dakota
Discovery also features an extensive collection of Native American
beadwork and Tipi; one of the most impressive displays in the museum.
Step back in time by touring the Beckwith House, just one of four
historical buildings on the museum grounds. This grand Italianate style
home was built in 1886 for Louis and Mary Beckwith. Mr. Beckwith was
one of the co-founders of the very first Corn Palace in 1892. Listed on
the National Register of Historic Places, The Beckwith House is a fine
example of Italianate architecture which combines Queen Anne elements in
its bay windows, fish scale shingles and fretwork. Many of the original
furnishings remain in the home today. The second floor exhibits the
exquisite needlework of Mrs. Beckwith. The home represents the
enterprising people who helped to build communities on the prairies.