Then it was onward, up through northeastern Kansas to Topeka and north into Nebraska, western Iowa, and finally crossing the state line into South Dakota. I stopped for the night in Sioux Falls, just 65 or so miles south of Brookings - my race destination. It was time to start thinking about "fueling up" for the half marathon on Saturday, so I had a good dinner at Texas Roadhouse, conveniently next door to the hotel.
Since I didn't need to get on the road too early, being just an hour or so south of Brookings, I slept in a little, had a leisurely breakfast, an then went in search of a place recommended to me by a friend who grew up in South Dakota.
|Monarch of the Plains|
The city of Sioux Falls is named after some beautiful falls on the Big Sioux River, running right through the city. The grounds are now preserved in a beautifully maintained city park called Falls Park.
|Part of the old Power and Light company|
|Remains of the Queen Bee Mill. It burned down, and|
the upper floors were razed for safety. This is all that remains
So much history here! The Queen Bee mill was built on these falls in the 1880's. Later, a power and light plant was built nearby. These structures - or parts of them - still remain today, making for a very interesting walking tour of the park grounds. I was very impressed.
The falls themselves tumbled over a wide swath of beautiful pink quartzite, creating steppes along its course.
|The falls, with Queen Bee ruins in the rear left on the hill|
It was a nice visit, a nice way to spend the morning before continuing on to Brookings.