Up in Door travel blog

Capitol building of Pierre, South Dakota

Another view of the capitol

The grounds around the capitol are very nice

Acre after acre of sunflowers

Sunflowers heads are still bowed, waiting to lift themselves to the sun

The sunflowers heads are huge


Aberdeen, SD It was a pretty uneventful day. Pierre is the capital of SD so we checked out the capitol building which we could actually see from the window of our hotel room. It is not the prettiest capitol building we have ever seen but the grounds are lovely. The floor in the capitol building is made of terrazzo tile. Fact for the day: it is said the floor was laid by 66 Italian artists. To give these artists a chance to place a mark in the building (without actually signing their names to the floor), each is said to have been given a blue stone to place in the floor. Only 55 of these tiles have been found, however. It is thought that the remaining stones may have been placed in locations now covered by walls, doors, or carpeting. We drove back roads as usual, rather than the faster but definitely boring interstate. Much to our surprise, we passed acre after acre after acre of sunflowers. While Kansas is nicknamed the Sunflower State, for the second-straight year - and third since 2011 - South Dakota has produced more pounds of sunflowers than any other state. Kansas is actually 4th in production.

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