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BACK IN TIME: L.O. Gale store, Mitchell, 1881

L.O. Gale, an early pioneer of Mitchell, built a store (pictured) at the corner of Second Avenue and Main Street in 1881, which sold drugs, jewelry, books and stationary. Gale, along with Louis Beckwith (another Mitchell businessman), came up with the idea of building the Corn Palace in Mitchell in the summer of 1892. The group also sought support from the Corn Belt Real Estate Association, which was holding its annual meeting in Mitchell. The two businessmen canvassed the city for support and by the end of the day had raised $3,700 toward building the new Corn Palace. Gale and Beckwith traveled to Sioux City to study the subject of the Sioux City Palace and met and hired Mr. Rohe of Lawrence, Kan., who had designed the decorations of the Sioux City Palace. The “Corn Belt Exposition” (now the Corn Palace) was built, and the exposition opened on Sept. 28 and continued until Oct. 5. Gale is the "Person of Interest” at the Carnegie Resource Center for the month of August. (Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Area Historical Society)