Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: USS South Dakota

OK, what is a battleship - sort of -  doing in a park in the middle of Sioux Falls?

The good folks of South Dakota had a problem when the USS South Dakota went out of service. They wanted to have it in their state, but there was no obvious place to put it.

So ... they took some parts of it, and placed it within a cement outline that exactly matched the dimensions of the boat (as in 680 feet long). Presto - instant tourist attraction.

It does take a little while to recognize what you are seeing when pulling up to Sherman Park. But eventually, the purpose becomes apparent. There is a small museum/gift shop on the grounds. And it's free.

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