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4.  Smoking/pets

The Herrick Elevator is a no smoking establishment.  Please do not smoke in or near our historic building.  If you like, you may smoke in the coal shed next to the Elevator.

No animals are allowed in the Herrick Elevator.  We understand how important your pets are to you, so, for your convenience, the coal shed next to the Elevator can be used for them.

If we have to clean up after your pet, we'll charge an additional $100 cleaning fee. 

5.  WIFI

Yes!  We DO have wifi.  We'll give you the passcode when you get here!

3.  How to check in

     Our address is 29540 US Highway 18.  We're located right along Highway 18 in south central South Dakota just east of the Herrick turn-off.   

    We're flexible about check-in time; we want you to have a great time on your vacation, and we realize that means you will be coming in on your own schedule.  To make it simple, we ask that you give us a call before you reach Herrick so we can meet you at the Elevator when you arrive.  

     Our house is just a few minutes away, so once we get you settled in, you have the place to yourselves, but we're just a phone call away if you need something.

2.  How to make a reservation

The easiest way to make your reservation is to go to airbnband make your reservation there.  Then all you need to do is relax and enjoy the evening.  In some cases we can accept a check. Cash is accepted, or I can create a PayPal invoice for online payment.  We do not accept credit cards at the lodge.

Herrick Elevator
Herrick, South Dakota

 The elevator you see today was the first of three built along the railroad at Herrick, and it is the last to remain standing.  It was in operation as a functioning grain elevator from 1907 to 1997.

1.  How a GRAIN ELEVATOR works

Herrick Elevator
Herrick, South Dakota

Head House-- home to the distributor,
which (you guessed it) distributes the grain into the chosen storage bin. It's basically a big funnel that has a movable spout that is aimed into the correct storage bin. Grain falls by gravity from here.

Hip--roofline that creates transition from 
storage bins to cupola (or head house)

Leg--conveyor belt of cups that brings 
grain from boot to head house

Boot--a cement storage bin below ground.
Trucks dump their grain into a grate
in the floor of the Drive-Through.  It drops
by gravity to the Boot where the cups of a
conveyor belt scoop it up and carry it up
the Leg

Attached Tin Shed--built in 1968 by the
Waterbury Brothers, then owners of the
building

Drive-Through--a lean-to attached to side 
of the elevator.  Wagons (and later, trucks) could drive through the structure for shelter as they loaded or unloaded grain

Scale House-- Office, a warm place from
which to read the scale.  Farmers weighed 
both empty and heavy, so elevator owners
spent a lot of time at the scale