Faulkton South Dakota Little Town with Big Art

Faulkton South Dakota Little Town with Big Art

Faulkton South Dakota Little Town with Big Art . . . and My Hometown!

Faulkton South Dakota already has many attractions considering it is about 700 people and in a remote location. It has new art which is the 3rd largest monument in the state. Guido Van Helten is a mural artist from Brisbane, Australia, and has been painting on the grain elevators this summer. See for yourself by watching this video. Such excitement for the Carousel City, so named for an antique carousel and huge mural painted on building recently by high school students.

See additional murals at this link: Faulkton Murals Illustrate Towns Unique Identity 

This bright mansion was once the home of an early congressman, John Pickler, and his wife, Alice. It is now a historical museum and which we toured. Faulkton South Dakota Little Town with Big Art and Pickler Mansion

Walking around the outside is a hike! They were working on it when we were there, and $20000 grant will be used to stabilize the deteriorating foundation of one of the state’s most historic structures.



It is a trip down memory lane (or before that for some people) to explore the interior. We had a guided tour by a very knowledgeable person and president of the local historical society.


The Pickler Mansion Museum also has a one-room schoolhouse that is open to visitors. It has authentic furniture and classroom materials from the days when they were used.


The area around Faulkton was very green when we were there.


Downtown is the county courthouse as Faulkton is the county seat of Faulk County.


Gary Wilhelm is a retired engineer with a master’s degree from South Dakota State University, who did research and development work in America, Asia, and Europe for consumer, commercial, and military products, during a career of several decades. In addition to being a civilian engineer embedded with the Marines during the Vietnam War in 1968 and 1969, he worked developing products ranging from EF Johnson citizens band radio, and the Texas Instruments home computer, communications technology for use within buildings, and with medical devices implanted within the body, to the Howitzer Improvement Program (HIP) for army artillery on the battlefield. He was also a representative on a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) committee. He hosted the USA meeting of the committee at Honeywell.

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