Visitor & Education Center
Located just off U.S. Highway 24, immediately inside the east entrance to the Park, the Visitor’s Center was originally built in 1969. Over the years, it fell into disrepair and was closed. In 2018, having secured a grant from the Solomon Valley Community Foundation, the Waconda Cultural Committee, G.E Park staff and several locals joined to create a plan to renovate and add an educational opportunity inside the building.
The Waconda Visitor and Education Center was dedicated on June 30, 2018, and opened to the public. It now provides artifacts and historical information related to the history of the early Waconda Springs and Waconda Springs Hotel, the building of the Waconda Dam & Glen Elder State Park, and development of the Solomon River Valley.
The panels provide information about the geological history of the Solomon River Valley, Waconda Springs, Native Americans and the building of Waconda Dam for flood control. As well, an eleven-foot mural of the Waconda Springs Legend, displayed in the original visitor’s center, is featured.
Visitors will enjoy reading historical information from large educational panels and viewing artifacts relevant to the Waconda Lake area.
The Visitor & Education center is located just off U.S. Highway 24, at the east entrance to the park.
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