Schedule Changes at Huron

The Vintage Airstream Club Parade - June 26th at 11:30 a.m. 

NOT at 1 p.m.

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Here you will find all of the files you might need to participate in the 2013 International Rally in Huron, SD.

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Dutch Oven Cobbler   from theironflame.com

Dutch Oven Seminar

Sunday June 30 12:00 to 1:30

This recipe is a great introduction to Dutch Oven cobblers. Bring the ingredients and your oven. You can use any fruit you wish and I prefer using fruit pie filling. If you only have a 10 inch oven, bring it and plan on making a great dessert.

When finished, you can share this dessert with those watching, or take it back to your rig and share with your neighbors.

Dutch Oven Size:    12 Dutch Oven

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans sliced peaches, in syrup (29-30 oz. cans)
  • 1 package white or yellow cake mix
  • Ground cinnamon to taste
  • 1/3 stick butter or margarine
  • whipped cream or cool whip (if desired)

Directions:

Place Camp Dutch Oven over 15 hot charcoal briquettes. Pour contents of peach cans into oven. Spread dry cake mix evenly over peaches. Sprinkle cinnamon over all to taste. Cut butter or margarine into equal slices and arrange on top. Put lid on top of oven and place 10 hot charcoal briquettes in a checkerboard pattern on top. Bake

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Reprinted from the WBCCI Blue Beret, written and compiled by by Sally Elmlinger

Our apologies to Sally for prior lack of attribution.

- The Electronic Communications Committee

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!

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SEMINAR SCHEDULE

HURON, SD 2013

This is a description of the seminars for the International rally to be held in Huron, SD this summer. Check your program for the times and places of the seminars as soon as you arrive at the rally. -Darrell Waters

 

Membership Growth Seminar by Mona Heath and Teresa Taylor, Oregon Unit President and Membership Chairman 

  • The demographics of our membership, and new Airstream owners, is changing - we'll discuss that change and how we targeted the next generation without compromising our heritage membership.  
  • We'll share successful marketing tools and ideas which have been instrumental in growing & re-energizing the Oregon Unit membership.  
  • Please bring an empty thumb drive if you would like to receive some real, hands-on marketing tools that can be easily modified to your specific Unit/Region needs.

Introduction to Caravanning Seminars   By: R.B. Bernd  July 1, 2, 3, from 1:00 - 4:00

If you have not had the pleasure of going on a caravan, this program will provide you with valuable information that will undoubtedly enhance your first caravanning experience. If you have caravanning experience and are now thinking about being a Caravan Leader Introduction to Caravanning will definitely help you move forward with your plans.  Each person who registers for the program will be given a comprehensive folder of materials.  It’s an excellent resource for caravaners and aspiring caravan leaders.   Those who attend all three days of the seminar series will be presented with an official “WBCCI Certificate of Completion” as well as a copy of the very handy WBCCI Caravan Handbook. Successful completion of this seminar is a pre-requisite to leading a National Caravan.

Presented by the Huron Chamber of Commerce or Huron Residents

  • Murals-on-the-Town, Huron -- Megan Benker (Huron)  June 26, 2:30 – 3:30, Expo MainThe Murals on the Town project is a spectacular arts project. Using city buildings as its canvas, the community of Huron tells its story through colorful murals, which are easily visible to pedestrians and passing traffic. The project was designed to improve the streetscape and to highlight the unique features of the City for public enjoyment. Revitalization, beautification and civic pride are all direct results of the mural project.   Several murals present a visual history of landmarks and events in Huron's past. New murals are added each year.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Dianne Mollner  June 29, 3:00 – 4:00, Room Tech A

    Please join the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society as we share the history and some of the wonderful memories Laura Ingalls wilder tells us about in her "Little House Series". Laura said she had lived it all, from pioneer days to modern times and she didn't want those memories to be lost.


  • "The Memorable Journey" Sacagawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Hetty Gray  July 1, 9:00 – 10:00, Room Tech B  

    Clad in authentic dress and accompanied by a dog that portrays Meriwether Lewis'  Newfoundland Seaman, listen as she describes her life and involvement in one of the most famous expeditions in American history.  Hers is more than the story of an interpreter.  Hers is the poignant tale that begins with tribal life in the west before America's westward expansion and culminates in the arduous trek led by true American heroes.  
    Replete with details of the trip and its hardships, Sacagawea's story provides her audience with the viewpoint of a young woman from one culture working alongside men from another culture as they worked for a common goal.  Facts abound, but humor adds zest and paints history as far more than a list of events and dates.  History, in fact, is personal. Immerse yourself in the story of Sacagawea. Hers truly was "The Memorable Journey."

  • Dog Training- Pheasant Hunting, Kent Shelton, Huron July 2, 9:00 – 10:00, Vendor Area

    This seminar will include picking a puppy through its intermediate training.  Kent will have his dogs along to do some demonstrations for the audience.  There will also be a question and answer session.  Come on out and see just what dogs are capable of.

Sponsored by the Vintage Airstream Club

  • Discovering the Flavors That Make Wine Great, Kimber Moore, June 27, 1:00 – 2:30, Room Tech B

    This seminar is a discovery demonstration where we will bring several varietals of wines and regional cheeses and match them with each other. This will help the participants discover the flavors in the wines and how the cheeses help nudge out the nuances in the wines. There will be limited seating.
  • Natural Pet Foods, Tim Kendziorski  June 28, 9:00 – 10:00, Vendor Area      The emphasis of this seminar will be on making natural cat/dog foodwhile talking about the reasons switching to a natural home made dietmakes sense for your pet. Tim will discuss what to avoid and nutritionalneeds for your pet. This year the focus will be on actually making food. Theparticipants will be able to take some back to try with their pet. There will be handouts for people to take with a recipe or two for dogs and cats. 

 

Presented by the Electronic Communications Committee

  • A Tour of the WBCCI Website A primer on navigating the information and features on our club's website, wbcci.org. Also some time for members' suggestions for improving the website and the club's use of technology.
  • Region Officer Tech Training An overview of the technology currently available for use by Unit and Region Officers to communicate with members and headquarters, increase membership, and retain current members.
  • *Webmaster Seminar Q&A for unit webmasters on the features and challenges of the WordPress software. 
  • *Social Networking, by Suzy Shepard  July 1, 10:00 – 11:00, Room Tech C                         Be away, and be connected:  Facebook primer introducing the basics.  How to navigate, form groups, be secure -- keep instantly in touch with friends, family, and your WBCCI groups (e.g., unit, region, rally, and caravan).

Life On The Road Seminars

  • *Readin' on the Road by Hedda Smithson and Carolyn Beardshear                                       July 1, 8:30 – 9:30, Expo 1
    is a book discussion of two titles, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, an overview of various eReaders, and an opportunity to suggest your favorite titles to others.  Bring your own eReader and tell us how you like it.   
  • *Prepping Your Rig as an Escape Pod by Beth McCall is designed to assist members in thinking about what they would need in their rigs in an emergency or for a quick evacuation.  Nicknamed "Airstream Preppers", we will cover as much as possible to help members survive different scenarios. 
  • *Living in Small Spaces by Beth McCall, is a class for all, from newbies to experienced travelers. We will discuss ideas for making the most of whatever space you have in your rigs. From kitchen to bath to bedroom, there will be something for everyone.
  • Knots for RVers by Bill Martin - July 2, 10:00 – 11:00, Room Tech B                                       Rope work and knot-tying are essential camping tools. With a piece of rope and a few essential knots we can tie down an awning, set  up a flag pole, secure a load, and tie our shoes. Participants will learn, or brush up on, these skills with a demonstration and practice activities.  

Business on the Road Seminars, presented by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, AEP, PFS, JD

  • Estate Planning for RV'ers - July1, 11:00 – 12:00, Main Expo                                                This practical seminar will provide an overview of the key steps and documents everyone needs to protect themselves and their loved ones, with tips to make them work better for RV'ers. If you're a full timer (or just want to be) what financial and estate planning modifications should you make?
  • Estate Planning for RV'ers Living with Chronic Illness July 2, 8:30 – 9:30, Room Tech A 130 million Americans live with chronic illness. How can you best plan to protect yourself or a loved one if you face these types of health challenges? How does financial, estate and insurance planning differ? How can you best modify traditional planning steps others use to fit the challenges of your disease? I'll also share some of the specific steps that we take while we RV in light of our issues.
  • Conducting Your Business on the Road  July 2, 2:00 – 3:00, Room Tech A                       We'll talk about the trials and tribulations of running a professional practice from the road, review specific equipment and technology and how it works (or doesn't), what non-technological steps (handling mail, paying bills, and more) have proven useful to running a business at a distance, and more. Topics will include: internet access on the road, computer back up systems, printing, scanning, bill paying. This won't be a techie program, just lots of practical ideas that work for me.
  • Tax Tips for RV'ers  July 3, 8:30 – 9:30, Room Tech A                                                          The internet is full of half truths (and often much less) about the ability of states to tax RV'ers. What are the real concepts and issues you need to consider when working from the road? When can states tax you on your earnings? What practical steps can you really take to minimize state income taxation? What income tax deductions might you be able to take? What business expenses can you take and which expenses are really not deductible? If you ever work as a work-camper or in similar barter type arrangements what are the tax consequences? You might owe tax even if you think you're a real Texan - common myths and tales from the RV tax world will be debunked.

Additional Seminars  Quilters, Take Note! 

  • Understand the World of Fabric and Thread through Color June 28, 1:00 – 3:00 Vendor Area by Roger Siminoff, a color science specialist, embroidery digitizer and long-arm quilter.  June 28, 1:00 – 3:00 Vendor AreaEver wonder why the fabric you bought in the store doesn't look the same when you get it home? Or, why the thread you worked hard to select is not the color you anticipated when you sew it into the fabric? Here you will learn how we perceive color, how to match colors in different types of fabrics, matching threads to swatches, matching solids to multi-colored fabrics, how not to be fooled by colors in different illuminations, and much more. 

 

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excitementExciting 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.

c9ab0898-d5c8-4f8f-807b-b94b017c3988She 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.

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 famous residents:

 

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 (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:

 

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.

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HuronBikesAccording to Jay D. Vogt, Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, the Huron Indians never lived in South Dakota. However, when the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area in 1804-1806 the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota (aka Sioux) people as well as the Arikara people lived in what now is South Dakota. The Arikara people were an agricultural society and were later forced into North Dakota by the Sioux.

Today the closest Indian reservation to Huron is the Crow Creek Indian Reservation on the Missouri River south of the state capital Pierre. Crow Creek is the third smallest of the nine reservations in South Dakota. It is approximately 400 square miles, but 35 square miles are covered by reservoirs. To get there you take SD Hwy 50 North from I-90 toward Fort Thompson keeping a look out for the Crow Creek Reservation buffalo herd.

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has a wonderful brochure called “Native South Dakota” that lists all the reservations in the state, as well as the history of the native communities, where to purchase native American art and a list of the attractions at the various reservations. You can call 1-800-S-DAKOTA (1-800-732-5682) and request a brochure.

Since we will be spending time in South Dakota here is a little bit of information relating to the state. Is it any wonder that South Dakota is nicknamed Mount Rushmore State? The state flower is the Pasque flower, also known as the wind flower, prairie crocus, Easter Flower or meadow anemone.

We already know that their state bird is the ring-necked pheasant and not surprising the state sport is rodeo. Triceratops is the fossil of choice, In the southeast corner of the Black Hills National Forest, in Hot Springs, SD, there is the Mammoth Site that is the world’s largest mammoth research facility. There are special classes for kids and reservations are recommended. Check out the Mammoth website at: www.mammothsite.com .

Huron History Continued:
For those of you who live in the “snowy” parts of the U.S. and Canada this part of the history of Huron will probably fall in the category of your worst nightmare.

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about the winter of 1880-81 in her book, “The Long Winter” (Wilder, Laura Ingalls, New York, Harper & Row, 1940) and that name has stuck.

The snow started in October and didn’t let up until April when thawing began suddenly turning the prairie into one large lake. During the “long winter” the residents of Huron, as well as their neighbors in DeSmit, Iroquois and other surrounding towns, found themselves struggling, as supplies of fuel and other necessities could no longer be delivered by the railroads that they had come to depend on due to the huge drifts of snow.

Coffee grinders were pressed into use for grinding wheat into flour that was coarser than they were use to but was still usable to bake bread. Families and others who were not related moved in together to save on fuel. www.iroquoissd.com/local_history.htm www.files.usgarchives.net/sd/history/robinson/liii.txt

What’s To Do?

Huron has a “Ride Huron” program called “Spokes For Folks!” This program provides free courtesy bikes for loan to Huron visitors as part of Huron’s wellness initiative.
There are over 50 bicycles available for loan without charge at three locations in the community. The bike loan includes free use of a helmet and a bike lock. At the time of this writing there are 10 miles of bike trails in and around Huron and there may be more by the time of the International Rally.
Photograph by Jim Elmlinger #3296

So pick up a “Ride Huron” brochure that should be available at the Rally Information Desk. It lists all the locations where you can borrow a bike and the requirements such as ID and must be 18 or over or with a parent. The brochure has a map with the trails outlined and lists points of interest including the murals that are located around town.
So if you like to bike, but don’t have room to bring your bike, there is no longer an excuse to not get out there and get some great exercise!

Be sure to check your Blue Beret for more articles about our 2013 International Rally location in Huron South Dakota.

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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.

HuronPheasantThe 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.

RavineLakeHaving 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.)

Category: International Rally

International President John Boutwell has asked me to write a series of articles for the Blue Beret about Huron, SD, the site of our upcoming 2013 International Rally. The rally begins June 28, 2013 and continues through July 4, 2013. Having traveled through South Dakota many times and never having gone through Huron, I decided that before I wrote about this place I needed to locate it.

Since I travel with a driver who does not use GPS, unless he has been lost for a couple of days, I have gotten on the Internet and started looking at maps.

Huron is located at latitude 44.363N and longitude -98.213W for those of you who do use GPS and other electronic gadgets to find your way around. For those of us who still prefer to go to AAA and get road maps you will find that if you travel East or West on I-90 and take SD Hwy 37 North to the junction with US-14 YOU are in Huron! Remember that you are in Beadle County when you are visiting Huron especially (and we hope that there aren’t any) when there are severe weather warnings as they usually only give the county not the town. A direct quote from the Huron Chamber of Commerce is that “Huron is the Center of the Universe!” (We do understand that there may be some slight debate on this.)
Huron got its start in 1875 when this then bare spot out on the plains was very lucky to have attracted the attention of General Manager, Marvin Hughitt of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, who selected the west bank of the James River as the division headquarters of the railroad. It is believed that either Mr. Hughitt or someone in the railroad’s Chicago office chose the name Huron. The town was named for the Huron Indians. However, there are no Huron Indians in Huron or in South Dakota for that matter. The Huron Indians settled in the area bounded by Lake Huron and Lake Ontario in Michigan.

In 1880 the first corner stake for the “town site” was driven. Until 1904 when Pierre was named the capital of Missouri, Huron was in the running for that honor, so it was a very busy prairie railroad town.

Photograph by Megan BenkerProbably the most famous sight in town is the World’s Largest Pheasant. The pheasant is made out of 22 tons of fiberglass, stands 28 feet tall and from its beak to its tail it spans 40 feet! Don’t miss this great photo op!

Why does Huron have the World’s Largest Pheasant you ask? Huron is known as “Ringneck Nation” and from October until January each year it is the place to go for pheasant hunting. Ringer the Ringneck is the town mascot and can be seen at many events.

There will be a myriad of things to see and do in Huron and the surrounding area, which we will cover until the 2013 International Rally. So let’s get started by jumping right in and begin with the “Murals on the Town” that tell’s the town’s history. Now you cannot come up with any excuse why you did not see these clever and colorful murals because they are accessible by walking, biking or automobile throughout Huron.

There are 20 of these murals throughout Huron and the mural listed as #1 on the town map is located at the Fairgrounds, the site of the WBCCI International Rally and is called “Seeds of Democracy” featuring the philosophy of one of Huron’s residents, Hubert Humphrey, Vice President under President Lyndon B. Johnson. There will be mural maps available at the rally so check with the Information Desk when you arrive. The Huron Visitors Bureau should also have them.

Some other murals are “The Land Rush” depicting the opening of a new land office in 1882 that opened up settlement of the James River Valley area; “Evolution of Medicine” from doctors on horseback to modern times; “The Great Race” depicting the events when 30 automobiles, in 1913, raced 110 miles from Huron to DeSmit and back and “Driving the First Corner Stake” that occurred on April 19, 1880 formally establishing the location for the town of Huron.

Fishing is something that the young and old can do or in the case of Ravine Lake in Huron the handicapped can join in as well at the handicapped accessible fishing dock. Now I would like to point out that I use to fish as a little girl in VT and we caught trout. The fishing areas in Huron have some fish that I have NEVER heard of!

Ravine Lake is located right in Huron and is stocked with crappie, catfish, pike, walleye and bullheads; however, the Third Street Dam has muskellunge, American Eel, gizzard shad, freshwater drum and paddle fish! (See what I mean, not a trout to be found.)

The 2012 South Dakota fishing license fees were One Day $14 Non-resident and $7 for Residents or Three Day fees were $32 for Non-Residents (Residents shown as N/A).

Watch your Blue Beret for more articles on where to explore, what to enjoy and where the excitement is in and around Huron SD.

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