Huron’s first state fair happened in 1885, in an era when the event moved from town to town. Huron became the permanent location in 1905, and today its colorful history is preserved at the Dakotaland Museum, located on the fairgrounds. The museum also has exhibits about the city’s most interesting characters, like Sheriff Vernon Miller who turned villainous and sparked the Kansas City Massacre; Gladys Pyle, who championed women’s rights and became a successful state politician and the nation’s first female Republican U.S. senator; and Hubert Humphrey, the 1968 Democratic presidential nominee who lost to Richard Nixon. Humphrey worked in his father’s pharmacy on Huron’s main street before departing South Dakota for a political career in Minnesota. His pharmacy building still has a Humphrey sign in the window, and the Dakotaland Museum offers tours of Gladys Pyle’s family home on Idaho Avenue, an 1893 Victorian.
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