Pickler Mansion or pink castle as it is also known, was built in
phases starting in 1882 and being finished in 1894 in the town of
Faulkton, South Dakota. It was the former home of Congressman
John Pickler and his wife Alice, who was a well known suffragette.
The 19th century Prairie Victorian home has 20 rooms, that are
filled with the original furniture and decor, and there is a secret
or panic room that was to keep them safe from storms or Indian
attacks, although by that time, there were not many Indians out to
torment white people. A music room contained hand made wood
work and is a marvelous example of craftsmanship for that period and
in that part of the country. This majestic home was visited by
many notable people, most prominent were Susan B. Anthony, Grover
Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt. John Pickler was the first
Representative from the new state of South Dakota and served 4 terms
in the U.S. House of Representatives.