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The Legendary Highway 14 Tower Design Competition invites participants to design an iconic observation tower and accompanying landscape elements in De Smet, South Dakota. This architectural challenge aims to enhance the visitor experience and promote tourism in the Glacial Lakes Region and the state. Known for its connections to pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder, wide-open spaces, and wildlife, De Smet offers a unique setting for the competition.

The project site is located at the north edge of the Big Slough, transitioning to Silver Lake, providing an ideal vantage point for observing the region's historic natural features. Participants are tasked with creating a cohesive design solution focused on user experience, accessibility, safety, and sustainability while promoting local, regional, and statewide tourism.

Participating in The Legendary Highway 14 Tower Design Competition offers architects and designers a chance to leave a lasting impact on De Smet's landscape and contribute to the ongoing development of the Legendary Highway 14 Tower Trail project. The winning design will not only enhance the visitor experience but also serve as a symbol of collaboration and innovation in rural communities.

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