Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Custer State Park - Norbeck Wildlife Preserve, South Dakota, United States

May 31, 2012 - Memorials

I am sure that many of you have visited Mount Rushmore and know much of the history. This memorial honors the birth, growth, development and preservation of our country. It is a memorial to the people who made this sculpture a reality as well. The artist Gutzon Borglum was also responsible for Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was carving that sculpture with chisels and jackhammers when he was shown how to use dynamite. Borglum had a falling out with the businessmen who were financing Stone Mountain and was dismissed. Borglum, in a fit of rage,...

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May 30, 2012 - Scenic Drives

Several scenic drives wind around granite spires, through ragged mountains with hairpin curves engineered to take advantage of scenic views. We tried to check out all of them. Our first drive is through "Needles," located a few miles from our camp on Sylvan Lake. These spires form awesome tunnels that I wouldn't try with anything larger than my little Honda. The wildlife loop through the southern part of the park is home to a large herd of Bison. Each fall they are rounded up, branded, vaccinated and some are sold. There are also some...

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May 29, 2012 - Black Hills, South Dakota

We didn't have but a little over 100 miles to our next stop. Bob obliged me by stopping at all the historic markers he could. I learned a bit of history of the Black Hills, Custer, Gold Miners, Lakota Indians and the Settlers. I knew, of course, of Custer's Last Stand at Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn). There was a treaty signed at Fort Laramie in 1868 that gave the Lakota (Sioux) the right the live and hunt in the Black Hills forever. Custer led an expedition supposedly looking for new fort sites. They were really looking to confirm the...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Custer, SD

On our first full day in Custer we were chomping at the bit to go on the wild loop road… This is the area of Custer State Park that you usually find a lot of animals… This day was no exception… We had to go quite far into the park before we were held up by the donkeys that call Custer their home… They will come right up to your window and if it should be open, they will stick their head right inside the car… It’s not their fault that even though there are several signs that say “Do not feed the animals” about half of them think it doesn’t...

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Trip Journal

Bill and Helen/ 2011

Jun 13, 2010 - Day Trip To Custer State Park, SD

We have never driven the Needles Highway. We were told in 2007 that our RV was too big for the tunnels. We rent a car at the KOA. Our park host tries to talk us out of it. There is an 80% chance of rain. We never know what the weather forecast is. We will pretend we do not know today. We head south. We make a brief stop at Pactola Lake. This entire area is picturesque. We stop at Crazy Horse Memorial. We cannot see the head of Crazy Horse because of cloud cover. Maybe our RV Host was right. We watch a video. When we come out of the movie,...

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