"When we go on the interstate above the roads it looks tiny, but when you go into it, the roads are wide and it's bigger than you thought," said young Ella Yost.
The Concrete Materials quarry on west Madison has been producing crushed rock since 1930.
"We're very, very lucky in the Sioux Falls area to have this stone. It helps make everything cheaper. It makes our roads cheaper, our homes cheaper, our sidewalks cheaper," said Siouxland Heritage Museums Curator of Education, Kevin Ganse.
Pavers like those on 6th Street near the Cathedral are also made of local quartzite. Roads all across the country in cities like Detroit, Chicago, and Kansas City also used Sioux Falls quartzite.
For the past ten years, Concrete Materials has been partnering with the Siouxland Heritage Museums to give tours called "Into the Pit". It's an hour of education for all ages.
"(We learned) what they use it all for. They recycle it all. Nothing goes to waste. They use everything," said Flyn Yost on the quarry tour.
"I would highly recommend this to anybody who's interested in the earth and materials and the history of Sioux Falls," added Helen Short. "And, the natural products we have from our good mother earth."
Tours are free, but reservations are required. Call 367-4210 ext. 0 to secure your spot.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:00:23 GMT
With more than 71,000 Native Americans living in South Dakota, many living in reservation communities often leave for bigger and better opportunities. But in the small town of Kyle, SD, just an hour andMore >>
Kyle is home to just under 900 people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and home to the headquarters of Native American Natural Foods. That's the parent company to this: Tanka Bar.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:08:09 GMT
We're going to spend a few minutes talking about gay marriage. Just six days ago, it was signed into law in Minnesota. There is an effort here in South Dakota to amend the state constitution to allowMore >>
A conservative leader tells KSFY News he has a specific plan to overturn the court decision which legalized gay marriage in Iowa. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:00:25 GMT
Gas prices rose again overnight....and it's not just by a couple cents. Here in South Dakota, the average price for a gallon of regular is $3.83 today...up from $3.65 yesterday. Iowans are payingMore >>
The current price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Minnesota is $4.26.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-17 03:00:30 GMT
It's a monument representing our nation and, of course, our state. Mount Rushmore, sitting proud in the Black Hills since it was 'unofficially' completed in the 1940s. As time goes on, chances are, itMore >>
KSFY takes a trip to the Black Hills to find out what it takes to preserve the great faces of Mount Rushmore, and how much longer preservation could last.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:42:34 GMT
The Sioux Falls Police Department has started a new program aimed at improving safety in one centrally located neighborhood this summer. It's called ‘Walk a Block with a Cop," two nights a week fromMore >>
The Sioux Falls Police Department has started a new program aimed at improving safety in one centrally located neighborhood this summer.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:17:20 GMT
This week's devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas remind us all how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather. Knowing what to do and where to go if a tornado hits your area can be aMore >>
This week's devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas remind us all how important it is to be prepared for extreme weather. Knowing what to do and where to go if a tornado hits your area can be a matter of life and death. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:57 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:57:36 GMT
$4.18 baffles General Wesley Clark. "That's amazing for the Midwest." General Clark is the co-chairman of Growth Energy, an organization that represents ethanol producers. He's better known as a presidentialMore >>
It's painful to say and hear, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Sioux Falls is $4.18. So, what's behind the drastic jumps at the pump, and is an alternative worth more thought?
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:05:08 GMT
Election season is upon us, but even though it is not the general election school board races can create tension—specifically in small towns. Highway 10 runs all the way through the small town of Leola.More >>
Election season is upon us, but even though it is not the general election school board races can create tension—specifically in small towns.More >>