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The Miner County town of Carthage is home to the Straw Bale Built Museum. (click to enlarge photos)
The Miner County town of Carthage is home to the Straw Bale Built Museum. (click to enlarge photos)
Bales in the wild.
Bales in the wild.
Cattle were fascinated by the Brushs' vehicle.
Cattle were fascinated by the Brushs' vehicle.
A pipeline under construction.
A pipeline under construction.
Spirit Lake.
Spirit Lake.
The Home Town Hotel was built after a fire destroyed much of Willow Lake's Main Street.
The Home Town Hotel was built after a fire destroyed much of Willow Lake's Main Street.
On Wednesday afternoons, Willow Lake locals gather here to eat pie and talk history.
On Wednesday afternoons, Willow Lake locals gather here to eat pie and talk history.
Front row, Lorna Burke, Bobette Warkenthien; Back row, Jan Brush, Vivian Peterson Johnson, Kathy Medeiros
Front row, Lorna Burke, Bobette Warkenthien; Back row, Jan Brush, Vivian Peterson Johnson, Kathy Medeiros
This commemorative quilt helped raise funds for Willow Lake's city park.
This commemorative quilt helped raise funds for Willow Lake's city park.

Pedaling South Dakota: Day Four

Jul 28, 2016

Carl and Jan Brush of Yankton are loyal readers of our magazine, and avid bicyclists. This summer they are combining those two loves on a cross-country trip, using past South Dakota Magazine stories to guide them to interesting people and places. They've agreed to post some reports from the road so we can go along on their eight-day, 360-mile journey. 



DAY FOUR: History Goes Better with Coca Cola or Straw Bales

Our first stop today was Carthage, home of the Straw Bale Built Museum. We didn't request a tour since we had previously visited. The history of straw bale construction is displayed here. Very interesting! North of town we saw a huge field of modern straw bales. 

There were no other towns on our route. The cattle were fascinated by our trike and followed along for a while. We came across an oil pipeline under construction. But don't worry, it won't leak!

Spirit Lake, south of Willow Lake, was a welcome sight since we had only 10 miles to go. White pelicans are common in this area. Arriving in Willow Lake, we checked into the Home Town Hotel. This was designed and built by Wayne & Sherrie Tellinghuisen in 2012, after a fire had destroyed buildings on Main Street. At the same time, local investors built a restaurant and a grocery store. We first read about it in South Dakota Magazine.

In 2000, progressive folks in this community saved and repaired the building now housing their museum. Saving the historic Coca-Cola sign was a large motivator in this project. Locals here meet every Wednesday afternoon to share coffee, pie and history. We got there in time to grab the last two pieces of pie! The ladies were very eager to share the town's history.

In 1951 the women in the town built a city park. They raised funds to purchase trees by raising and selling potatoes. Additional funds were raised by selling embroidered name strips, which were added to the commemorative quilt.

Click to read Day OneDay Two and Day Three of Carl and Jan's journey.

Comments

01:41 pm - Thu, July 28 2016
Virginia said:
What a fantastic trip. Have fun Jan and Carl!
02:47 pm - Thu, July 28 2016
Billie said:
Keep pedaling and pedaling. Can't help but think of the devastating injury Jan suffered a few months ago and now she is pedaling, pedaling, pedaling. Carl did a great job of taking care of Jan. Glad you are able to continue cycling. Looking foward to reading about you travels each day.

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