Y'all know I like downtowns. I thought I'd try a new feature. I won't be able to add a new downtown every week, but I'll do it as often as I can.
This week's selection is Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Most people don't think much of the Dakotas (except perhaps the Black Hills) and of the plains in general, but there are some exceptional communities there. Sioux Falls is a case in point.
Let's start out on the fringes of downtown, at the Falls Park. Early settlers described this as one of the more remarkable places on the plains. It became an industrial area powered by the falling water. After that the place decayed, and it has only recently been reclaimed as a city park.
Most people enter the park from under the railroad bridge. While the foreground is a park, the city's industry dominates the background.
More industry is located even closer to the downtown. It is good, old-fashoined heavy industry.
Where there is a meat processing plant...
...there is a stockyard.
The railroad that brings in the cattle and pigs also brought in the people. They were not slaughtered.
Let's get on to the downtown itself.
Several downtown buildings, and most of the public buildings, are made from this pinkish sandstone.
Some newer buildings.
A trolley is used to move people around the downtown.
A shot of the streetscape from under a movie theater marquee.
There are a couple good examples of art deco architecture here. Look at the lighting. Nice.
A Carnegie Library.
The courthouse tower is visible from much of the downtown.
A great entrance.
The falls are in the bottom of the valley. Manufacturing lies to one side and the downtown to the other, on relatively flat or gently sloping plains. There is a large hill next to the downtown, and an imposing church dominates the skyline.
The hill is also where the great old homes are located. Sioux Falls has a large number of these, including many Victorian styles, located on streets lined with mature trees. It is a beautiful neighborhood of detached single family homes on large lots.