As soon as a future International Rally site is announced, the questions start flying. Where is that? How far is it? What's between here and there? Once we get to the Rally, what's scheduled? What is there to do, to see, or more importantly, to eatthere? Once the unknowns are answered the inevitable quandary of "do we go or not go" arises. Well, we're going to try to answer some of those questions for you and give you an opportunity to ask questions.
So, where exactly is Huron?
What's between here and Huron? No matter which direction you are traveling, there are many historical, natural, and recreational opportunities (read: Airstream adventures) along the way.
What's on the schedule for Huron? The schedule isn't available yet, but comments about Sedalia on the page 1 in the sidebar will give you a glimpse of what to look forward to. For sure, there will be both new and old friends, a chance to learn more about your Airstream, and more activities than you can possibly pack into a week.
And finally, what does Huron have to offer?
Let's be clear on one thing. There are no Huron Indians in Huron. The Hurons settled near the Great Lakes and Huron SD was named by a railroad executive, but you can Click HERE for more information on the many Native Tribal Lands that ARE in South Dakota.
Everywhere you turn in Huron you'll encounter "Murals on the Town," an artistic treat and history lesson in one. Twenty murals offer a visual history of Huron, including "Seeds of Democracy" representing the philosophy of a famous Huron resident, Hubert Humphrey.
More murals take you to "The Land Rush," "The Evolution of Medicine," "The Great Race" depicting a 1913 automobile race from Huron to DeSmit and back, plus a glimpse of "Driving the First Corner Stake" that formally established the town of Huron in 1880. If you're a photographer, you'll enjoy a walking tour of Huron in a variety of light conditions. If you're a historian, bring your Murals Guide from the Visitors Bureau, and if you're an artist, prepare for a lot of "hmmmm" moments.
View a slide show sampling of the Huron Murals with more complete descriptions.
Did we mention fishing for crappie, catfish, pike, walleye and bullheads, muskies, American eel, gizzard shad, freshwater drum and paddle fish in local lakes? Which brings us to the inevitable question of dining. Follow the Huron Urbanspoon link to a variety of opportunities in that category.
Pheasant hunting in the fall gives Huron the honor of being called the "Ringneck Nation" and displaying the world's largest pheasant, weighing in at 22 tons!
The theme of the Huron rally is "It's a New Approach." We think you'll enjoy a new take on fun, friends and adventure at Huron. If your interest is piqued, you can download the 2013 International Rally Registration form from the International Rally page of the WBCCI website.
Not sure yet? Tell us what else you'd like to know about Huron and we'll try to get you some more information. Or, check out Sally Elmlinger's series of articles on Huron in the Blue Beret.
Exciting news comes “sliding” in from Huron this month! The Splash Central Water Park is rumored to be meeting its scheduled deadlines to be up and running for the arrival of our WBCCI International Convention/Rally.
There is a Master Blaster water slide, a Body Slide, Sea Creature Kiddy Pool, a/lazy river, a leisure pool and a 50-meter competition pool for those of you that/need to keep your tri-athlete fitness training on track. Surrounding Splash/Central is an Interactive Playground, Sensory Garden, picnic shelters, swings,/bathhouse, Senior Center and concessions, as well as a large parking lot. So/pack that swimsuit and lots of sun block lotion and jump in for a great time.
Huron has a number of famous people that have lived in the town at one time or another. One of those is Gladys Pyle. Ms. Pyle became the first woman elected to the South Dakota State legislature as a Representative for four years helping to gain South Dakota’s ratification of the Child Labor Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. She was the first woman elected as South Dakota Secretary of State.
She ran for governor against four men in 1930 garnering the largest number of votes but not attaining the 35% required to secure the nomination, which was decided at a special state GOP convention and Ms. Pyle did not win that vote. She became the first woman U.S. Senator from South Da- kota serving the shortest term ever. Due to election regulations, the death of the sitting senator from South Dakota meant that there would not be a South Dakota senator in Washington for the period of Nov. – Jan. 1939. President Roosevelt indicated that he might call a special session of Congress (they had adjourned in 1938 to prepare for the then upcoming Presidential elections) as the Democrats outnumbered the Republicans. Ms. Pyle won a special South Dakota U.S. Senatorial election and moved to Washington. A Senate Congressional swearing in never took place. Although Congress was not called into special session, Ms. Pyle spent many hours working securing highway programs with the WPA, met with the Department of the Interior on behalf of landholders on Indian reservations, she took on outstanding cases with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she handled problems for individuals on pensions and set up a visit in South Dakota for the crown prince and princess of Norway causing much excitement among her many constituents who were from the Scandinavian countries. The house that Ms. Pyle lived in can be seen at 376 Idaho Ave. SE in Huron. It was built in 1894 and is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture. It may or may not be open for viewing. Check with the Information Desk at the rally once you arrive in Huron for availability. Huron history continued:
At the end of 1883, Huron was growing by leaps and bounds. There was a foundry and machine shop in town, as well as a company that made artificial stone for chimneys, a bottler of carbonated drinks and a company hand making 2,500 cigars daily.
The railroad donated land in 1883 for the Beadle County Courthouse. The population in 1883 was 1,500 people, in 1886-87 there were 2,890 and by 1914 it had grown to 8,505. In 1928 Huron had an airport with 4 runways, 2,500 feet long plus a gasoline pump and tank, when many airfields were just “landing strips” at that time. May 1, 1929, Rapid Airlines started the first scheduled passenger service from Huron. However, the airlines did not get the mail contract so abandoned the line shortly thereafter.
The municipal airport was dedicated on July 5, 1935 and Huron had the only passenger service available for a considerable length of time in the surrounding area. In 1937 Huron was the only airport facility in South Dakota considered safe by the U.S. Bureau of Commerce. (“Huron Revisited” by Dorothy Huss, Robert S. Kuni, William Lampe and Margaret Moxon. Copyright 1988.)
In 1979 the terminal was named after Hubert H. Humphrey, previous Vice President of the U.S. under Lyndon B. Johnson, and at one time in his early 20’s he was a resident of Huron, SD when he left college to help at his father’s pharmacy, that can still be seen in downtown Huron. The Huron Regional Airport is recognized as one of the best equipped and maintained facilities in the industry. Flights into and out of the airport are limited so if you are planning on flying to the International Rally make your reservations early.
Stay tuned for more exciting information in the next few months.
There is a Master Blaster water slide, a Body Slide, Sea Creature Kiddy Pool, a/lazy river, a leisure pool and a 50-meter competition pool for those of you that/need to keep your tri-athlete fitness training on track. Surrounding Splash/Central is an Interactive Playground, Sensory Garden, picnic shelters, swings,/bathhouse, Senior Center and concessions, as well as a large parking lot. So/pack that swimsuit and lots of sun block lotion and jump in for a great time./Huron famous residents:
She ran for governor against four men in 1930 garnering the largest number of votes but not attaining the 35% required to secure the nomination, which was decided at a special state GOP convention and Ms. Pyle did not win that vote. She became the first woman U.S. Senator from South Da- kota serving the shortest term ever. Due to election regulations, the death of the sitting senator from South Dakota meant that there would not be a South Dakota senator in Washington for the period of Nov. – Jan. 1939. President Roosevelt indicated that he might call a special session of Congress (they had adjourned in 1938 to prepare for the then upcoming Presidential elections) as the Democrats outnumbered the Republicans. Ms. Pyle won a special South Dakota U.S. Senatorial election and moved to Washington. A Senate Congressional swearing in never took place. Although Congress was not called into special session, Ms. Pyle spent many hours working securing highway programs with the WPA, met with the Department of the Interior on behalf of landholders on Indian reservations, she took on outstanding cases with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she handled problems for individuals on pensions and set up a visit in South Dakota for the crown prince and princess of Norway causing much excitement among her
many constituents who were from the Scandinavian countries (http://womenincongress.house.gov/member-profiles/profile. html?intlD=201) The house that Ms. Pyle lived in can be seen at 376 Idaho Ave. SE in Huron. It was built in 1894 and is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture. It may or may not be open for viewing. Check with the Information Desk at the rally once you arrive in Huron for availability. Huron history continued:
Reprinted from the WBCCI Blue Beret, written and compiled by by Sally Elmlinger
Our apologies to Sally for prior lack of attribution.
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We are getting closer to the time of our 56th WBCCI International Conven-tion/Rally in Huron, SD. The word from those “in the know” is that Splash CentralWaterpark will be opening in May 2013,so it will be waiting for us when we arrivein June!! However, when you begin wish-ing for “warm” weather, just remember later what you wished for.A number of famous people have lived in Huron and one of those was a formerVice President of the United States, Hubert Horatio Humphrey. His father owned a pharmacy in town and the building still stands with the name Humphrey DrugStore on it. The business today is run by Humphrey’s nephew, though there is no longer a pharmacy, just a gift store.
When Mr. Humphrey was attending the University of Minnesota, his father had to call him home to help manage the pharmacy because of the great depression. Be sure to visit the Humphrey Drug Store in downtown Huron. Mr. Humphrey then attended the Capitol College of Pharmacy in Denver,CO and in 1933 became a registered pharmacist. After his marriage to Muriel Fay Buck in Huron in 1936, he returned to the University of Minnesota earning a B.A. degree in 1939. He received a M.A. in political science from Louisiana State University and later returned to the University of Minnesota to teach and do further graduate study. He made an unsuccessful run for mayor of Minneapolis in 1943, then returned to teaching while working other jobs at a radio station and managing an apartment building. He ran for mayor of Minneapolis again in 1945 and won, serving until 1948. He was elected to the U.S.Senate in 1948 serving as Democratic Whip from 1961 to 1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson selected Mr. Humphrey to run as his running mate in 1964 and Mr. Humphrey became the Vice President of the United States in a landslide victory. Mr. Humphrey ran for President in 1968 on the Democratic ticket losing to Richard M. Nixon by a narrow margin. He returned to teaching at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College. In 1971 he was returned to the U.S. Senate and served until 1978 when he died from cancer. His wife, Muriel, filled his Senate seat until November 1978 and did not run for the unexpired term. While you are in Huron, you can take a trip to the nearby town of De Smet,SD. De Smet is known as the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the “Little House on the Prairie” books. De Smetis 33.9 miles east of Huron on US-14. In the winter of 1879-80, the Ingalls family resided in a railroad surveyor’s house. In 1880 Mr. Ingalls filed his homestead and in 1887 Mr. Ingalls built the house that the family would reside in. The activities open Memorial Day weekend and include such activities as covered wagon rides, 1880s school session, ponies and horses, exhibits, etc. There is something for everyone. The Ingalls Homesteadis located at 20812 Homestead Road,De Smet, SD 57231. Phone number is 800-776-3594. There are sixteen other sites around the town of De Smet that were mentioned in Laura’s books including the cemetery where Laura’s parents, three sisters and baby brother were buried. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, 103 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231,phone number 605-854-3383, offers a one hour guided tour of some of these sites that were mentioned in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. June 29, 2013, there will be stock carraces at the State Fair Speedway located in Huron. You can walk to the races, but check with the Rally Information Desk or at the Huron Tourist Bureau for more information. Huron’s 4th of July celebration will be occurring at Campbell Park at the State Fairgrounds. Activities will include a parade, barbeque, vendor fair and fireworks. Check with the Rally Information Desk for more details. Other towns within an hour to an hour and a half distance will be having celebrations as well. Check the South Dakota Tourism site on the Internet to find where they are. Calling all birders! If you are interested in birding, you can call Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism at 1-800-244-8860 for a free SD Birding Trail brochure. The closest places to Huron are just outside of town west on US-14 and is called MagaTa-Hohpi WPA or east on US-14 near DeSmet is the De Smet Forest and LakeThompson Recreation Area. For those of you coming to the rally with young children, you might choose to visit Aberdeen, SD, north of Huron on US-281 prior to arrival in Huron. There is a Wylie Park Campground as well as Storybook Land including The Land ofOz, rides and other attractions. Check the Internet for rates and hours. Anyone who will be staying in or around the Huron area until July 13 and 14, 2013, you might consider heading over to Brookings, SD, at the junction of US-14 and I-29, for their Summer Arts Festival located at Pioneer Park on US-14/6th St. between Western Ave. and First Ave. Parking is off site at First Bank & Trust parking lot at 6th Street and 22nd Ave. Shuttle buses will run continuously during the festival. Public parking is available on side streets and public parking lots downtown as well as pay-to-park lots north and northwest of festival. In addition to over 200 artists from all over the USA with their handcrafted works of art, there will be gourmet and ethnic food booths, children’s area for fun and educational activities and entertainers throughout Pioneer Park. Goto Brookings, SD Summer Arts Festival on the Internet to find out more. We just happened upon this festival on our way to Huron last year and would have loved to have stopped if we could have found a place to park. I would recommend going early. Parking is off site at First Bank & Trust parking lot at 6th Street and 22nd Ave. Shuttle buses will run continuously during the festival. Public parking is available on side streets and public parking lots downtown as well as pay-to-parklots north and northwest of festival. RV parking appeared to be at a premium. I hope that you have enjoyed reading these articles on Huron and it has peaked your interest in the many things that there are to do and see around the town as well as nearby. See you in Huron!
In attempting to write articles on our next International Rally site in Huron, SD, my husband suggested that an “in person” visit was called for. So, on our way home from Sedalia, we drove to Huron and spent a couple of days.
What a difference it makes to see a place in person, rather than trying to write about it based on information gleaned from the Internet.
The most important thing we learned was the correct pronunciation of Huron. It is not Hugh-ron it is Here-on.
My articles will hopefully build on each other to give you a good overview on what you can expect when you arrive in Huron next year. Keep the monthly articles handy, as the history portion will definitely be a continuing project.
The day after our evening arrival we made our first stop the world famous Huron pheasant. It is quite a site perched on the top of a building at the Dakota Inn. There are handy steps on each side of the building so you can get a better view of it, but the best view for taking pictures is from the front facing U.S. Hwy 14 where there is a lovely mural and a descriptive sign. (Be careful not to wander onto the U.S. Hwy 14, as it is quite busy.You may be asking who cares about pheasants? Well, Huron is in Beadle County. Last year, 2011, 9.9 million dollars was spent in Beadle County in conjunction with the pheasant hunting season, which is late October through early January.
Huron History Continued:
There were no trees in Huron back in the 1880’s until the first sapling was “imported” from Iowa. This “tree” was then only the size of a lead pencil and arrived packed in old newspaper.
Today, Huron is a Tree City USA so named by the National Arbor Day Foundation for national recognition of urban and community forestry programs, which has resulted in the hundreds of trees throughout the city creating many lovely shady areas.
The town of Huron got started with the building of a saloon, no surprise there, given the times, a temporary post office and a drug store. There were some rooms available to let in these first buildings where for 50 cents you got a bed with a straw tick and a single blanket, but no mention was made of bugs.
To entice settlers to this part of the country, railroads put up posters and newspapers writing about the fertile prairie farm land that was free of cost in Central Dakota. Not surprisingly, there were long lines to claim a section of this land.
June 10, 1880, 59 citizens submitted a petition beginning the process to become a city, which was finally completed in 1883. This was prior to South Dakota becoming a state, which occurred in 1889.
Huron has a number of buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At this time, only one of these historical places, the Pyle House (more on this in next month’s article), is open for viewing. Check with the rally information desk for the dates and times.
What’s to do?
I am going to serialize this portion of my article so that every month I can give you different ideas for some extra curricular activities while you are at the rally.
Having been a WBCCI member for a number of years I know that the most important thing when we arrive at an International Rally is ICE CREAM!
I really hate to tell you this, but there is a “DQ” right across the street from the Fairgrounds on the west side. We tested their “Blizzards” and they were great as usual.
The Dakotaland Museum located on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds on the south side of 3rd Street, houses over 5,000 artifacts including a log cabin, natural history collection of birds and mammals and many other items of interest to adults and children. Admission price is very low so that it provides visitors with a very cost effective visit.
Ravine Lake Park is a special area containing a sandy beach, shelter, picnic benches, fishing, miniature golf and rental of paddleboats and inner tubes. It also has ice cream, from the University of South Dakota, and yes, we did test this one out also, yummy! In addition there are sandwiches, pies, etc. available.
Stay tuned next month for more exiting things to see and do in and around Huron.(Thanks to the Huron Library for the opportunity to spend two hours “speed” reading the book “Huron Revisited” by Dorothy Huss, Robert S. Kuni, William Lampe and Margaret Moxon. Copyright 1988. There will be mention of additional items from this book in my articles over the next months.)
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