As part of the Wild West Days celebration, this year a vintage vehicle show was held. It is hoped to be an annual thing. Admission for viewing and entering are both free at this time. See my travelogue for more pictures of the car show.
The Pickler Mansion is know as the Pink Castle because of it's pink exterior. A local artist was hired to paint exterior of the largest home in Faulkton in the 1894. The artist Charles T. Greener selected the color between salmon and coral and that is the color it has remained since.
This house was the home to John and Alice Pickler. He was the first Represenative from South Dakota to the US Congress. He came to South Dakota in 1882 as a homesteader, while establishing a law office and land development business.
The home remained in the family until it was deeded to the Faulk Co. Historicial Society in 1987. The original furnishings from the family are still in the house. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Tours are available in the summer or at other times by arrangements. $5 per person is charged to help fund the restoration.
Above the Snake Creek sit 2 1/2 acres of native plants, flowers, trees and shrubs that will delight the eye. Know as Wauneta's Gardens, the hillside has been reclaimed and landscaped by a local woman. She welcomes visitors.
Come ride the 1925 CW Parker electric Carousel. It is open to the public for rides on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons and evenings in the summer. Free rides but donations are accepted for maintainance. It is also available for groups at other times with prior arrangements. Adults are welcome to ride also. There are benches on the carousel if you do not want or are unable to ride a horse. A building was recently added around the carousel to protect it and it is available for viewing any time of the year. Also inside the building is a colorful mural showing the many sides of Faulkton and Faulk County. This mural was orginally on the outside wall of one of the store buildings. It was drawn as part of a program to teach art in the schools and was done for the Centenial of the State of South Dakota. It was moved to the inside of the carousel building to protect it.
One room country schools finally ended in the 90's in SD. One teacher taught a range of kids. Usually 1st grade to 8th. Then they went on to the nearest high school. This is an example of a country schoolhouse around the 1900's. It was moved into the edge of Faulkton when the Pickler mansion was given to the newly formed Faulk County Historical Society in 1987. Every year they take the 5th grade class out to it to for one day.
Family reuion floats, old cars & tractors, horses, and anything else people want to show off. These are part of the Wild West Days Parade. This is happens on the morning of the 4th of July. The parade route is about a mile long, starting in the main business district and ending at the nursing home for the elderly. So there are many places to set your chair to watch. This is the Color Guard from the Cresbard American Legion at the beginning of the parade. See the parade travelouge for more parade pictures.