Behind Curt is the Pioneer Memorial, dedicated to Judge Joseph B. Amidon and his son, William, who were victims of the Sioux Uprising of 1862. The Amidon Affair led to the temporary abandonment of the Sioux Falls settlement. But, being the dauntless pioneers that they were, the citizens of Sioux Falls returned three years later to establish what would become the largest city in South Dakota. Like the pioneers that came before us, we at Dakota Video never stop moving forward.
Next to Big Ken stands the iconic Mr. Bendo. As Sioux Falls’ Muffler Man, Mr. Bendo has stood proud over the city for nearly 50 years. After being a victim in a hit-and-run a few years back, Mr. Bendo is back up on his size 40 feet with a fresh coat of paint. Like Mr. Bendo, Dakota Video has the ability to take on whatever challenges may come our way.
Behind Jeff is Palisades State Park in southeastern South Dakota. Even though it's one of the smallest in South Dakota, the park more than makes up for its size with breathtaking views and larger-than-life legends. The Palisades are a local hot spot for rock climbers, hikers, and campers as well as tourists who want to see where the notorious Jesse James made his legendary "Outlaw Leap". Here at Dakota Video, we know even the smallest thing can provide a big impact.
Nick is standing outside the USS South Dakota Memorial. One of the most decorated battleships of WWII, the USS South Dakota miraculously survived a torpedo attack from Japanese forces. Not wanting them to know the ship was still afloat, the Navy kept it a secret and code-named it Battleship X. Now that’s perseverance. And it’s that kind of perseverance that helps us create our quality material at Dakota Video.
Joy is standing in front of the Old Courthouse Museum. As old as the state of South Dakota itself, the structure was once considered the largest courthouse between Chicago and Denver. Scheduled for demolition in the 1970’s, the courthouse was saved by locals who banded together to turn it into a museum. At Dakota Video, we also know that working together is the best way to achieve our goals.
Behind Josh is one of South Dakota’s 27,000 bison. South Dakota has more bison than any other state and people travel from around the world to see these majestic creatures in person. Although we wouldn’t recommend getting this close, these bison are a lesson to us at Dakota Video about what it means to truly be a member of the herd.
Behind Shelly are the remains of the Queen Bee Mill. Legend has it that Sioux Falls politician and businessman R. F. Pettigrew tricked a New York City banker into investing in the mill by damming up the Big Sioux River, making the Falls appear to gush faster. But don’t worry, we’ll never pull a fast one like that at Dakota Video.
Amy is standing outside the State Theater. Once proclaimed to be as “glorious as fairyland, yet sturdy as the pyramids,” the State Theater was Sioux Falls’ premiere movie theater until it closed in the 1980’s. But, thanks to a passionate public, the theater is on its way back to its former glory. The show must go on, as they say. A philosophy we take to heart at Dakota Video.
Adam is standing in front of the Washington Pavilion. Formerly the home of Sioux Falls’ first high school, the Pavilion has been given new life as the city’s premiere arts venue. Attached to the Pavilion is the Cinedome, a spherical movie theater that provides one of the most unique viewing experiences around. Almost as unique as the experience you’ll have here at Dakota Video.
Standing next to Corbet is a replica of Michelangelo’s “David,” one of only two castings ever made. Inventor Thomas Fawick donated “David” to the city of Sioux Falls in 1971, leading to public outcry over the statue’s indecent exposure. But, over the years, Sioux Falls citizens have become proud to display this classic work of art, just as we hope you’ll be proud of the works of art we can create for you at Dakota Video.
Randi is standing inside the Sertoma Butterfly House. The flight room at the Butterfly House is a literal jungle of exotic plants home to over 800 species of butterflies. If you’re lucky, you may even see a butterfly emerge from their cocoon. The Butterfly House is bursting with color and life, much like the dynamic environment we try to create here at Dakota Video.
Dustin is standing in front the Orpheum Theater. The oldest existing theater in Sioux Falls, the Orpheum just recently celebrated it’s 100th birthday and, if we do say so ourselves, it’s not looking too shabby! From vaudeville to jazz concerts to community theater, the Orpheum has seen a lot of creativity grace it’s stage over it’s illustrious history, and it’s that kind of creative spirit that keeps us moving at Dakota Video.
Behind Gary is St. Joseph's Cathedral, a true Sioux Falls landmark. The idea for building a cathedral in the then up-and-coming Sioux Falls came when Bishop Thomas O'Gorman visited the dedication of a new cathedral in St. Paul. O'Gorman believed in Sioux Falls' potential and as we continue to grow here at Dakota Video, we believe in it too.
Behind Cassidy is Falls Park. Providing the city with its namesake, the Sioux Falls are a awe-inspiring force of nature. Created during the last Ice Age, the Falls are over 14,000 years old and have served as a powerful influence in attracting people to the area over the millennia. We also hope that work we create at Dakota Video will stand the test of time.
Behind Karin is the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum. Home to more than 1,000 animals from around the world, the Great Plains Zoo offers an up-close view of animals that is not often found in larger zoos. Because when you look closer at something, that’s when you really start to appreciate you’ll feel the same way about our work at Dakota Video.