- Updated: 06 May 2015
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.