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Jul 22, 2019 - Mount Rushmore NM

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is centered on a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills near Keystone, South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created the sculpture's design and oversaw the project's execution from 1927 to 1941 with the help of his son Lincoln Borglum. The sculpture features the 60-foot heads of Presidents George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The four presidents were chosen to represent the nation’s...

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2019 RV Adventure

Jun 12, 2019 - Rushmore and More

On Tuesday afternoon we went to the Museum of Geology in Rapid City. This is a particular interest of Sue’s and proved to be a thorough and well designed group of exhibits relating to dinosaur fossils and the many many varieties of rocks. I found a neat diagram of the scientific method showing that science, in contrast to faith, never has a final answer. Wednesday was another full day. First we made a couple of obligatory visits. We drove to the Mount Rushmore National Monument. The day was cool enough for Annie to go with us and wait in...

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Jun 22, 2015 - Crazy Horse & Mt Rushmore

today we visited Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt Rushmore. pictures are attached. Crazy Horse is only partially finished, still a work in progress, started with the first blast in 1948. But I have to say that Crazy Horse was more impressive, not only because it is being built with only donations and admission fees. Nothing comes from the Feds. It will be even more beautiful than Mt Rushmore when it is finished. "They made us many promises, more than I can remember-They never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it!" ~Red...

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The Bright Side

Jun 21, 2015 - Custer City, SD

Finally arrived in Custer City near to the Crazy Horse Mtn and Mt Rushmore. We will vosit them tomorrow. The last few days though at Badlands was a bit uncomfortable. A couple of days before we were to leave, a really severe storm passed through. Tornado touched down two miles from us. We had high winds, rapid fire lightning and thunder but no rain. Well the high winds must have knocked out some power lines somewhere so we ended up without power, water, wifi TV...you get the picture. We had not planned on "boondocking" or dry-camping yet...

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The Bright Side

Jul 16, 2014 - Rushmore Scenic Drive

This update covers one of the beautiful scenic drives in the area. We have driven many and still have quite a few planned for later. The last time we were in South Dakota, we visited Mount Rushmore and walked down the row of flags etc. This time we decided to do the scenic drive around the park. We had a great time, we stopped at several pull offs and could not believe the views. It is amazing! Just consider – the work of this massive carving, the largest monument in the world, was accomplished during the time of the great national...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Mt. Rushmore NM

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore (Lakota Sioux name: Six Grandfathers) near Keystone, South Dakota in the Black Hills. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers over 1,200 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level. South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is...

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2014 RV Adventure

Oct 9, 2013 - Mt. Rushmore!!

Mt. Rushmore!! Well, after years of planning, and miles of driving, we finally arrived at one of the most iconic sculptures in the world - Mt. Rushmore! Even though the park was closed due to the government shutdown, and the park blocked off with cones lining the entrance, with police, it didn't stop us from stopping in front and taking some pictures - with all the other upset tourists! The huge snowstorm that fell the week before shut down the entire town of Keystone right outside of the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, and left it without...

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Aug 24, 2013 - South Dakota-Mt Rushmore and the Badlands

We spent 4 great days in the South Dakota Black Hills area. Took several drives - the Iron Mountain road with 6 tunnels (10 feet wide and 10-12 feet high, switchbacks, pigtail bridges and ponderosa pines. The next day we drove the Needles Hwy with an 8 ft wide, 10 ft high tunnel (YIKES!), eye of the needle rock formation and great spires. Saw Mt Rushmore, a national treasure, one of the worlds most spectacular artistic and engineering achievements, a timeless monument to our national pride and patriotism. We saw it daytime and night...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Mont Rushmore

Lors de l'organisation du voyage, voici un endroit qui ne nous disait pas grand-chose. Les visages de 4 présidents dans une montagne!!! On va y faire un petit arrêt parce qu'on passe tout près. Wow, cet arrêt a été une belle surprise. Nous avons passé beaucoup plus de temps que nous avions prévu. L'endroit est impressionnant. A l'aide d'un audiophone, on se fait conter toute l'histoire de ces sculptures et la façon dont ils ont réussi à travailler le granite, roche très dure pour obtenir des visages très réalistes. Dynamites, gros...

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May 28, 2012 - Mt Rushmore

Sorry about the delay. We are running a little behind on the postings.Things have been happining at a fast pace. I hope you enjoy the photos of Mt Rushmore. I like the ones of the mountain at a distance. We were held off from going into Yellowstone as they had a bad snow storm and the road was closed. Who would figure on that at the end of May. I will post the pictures from Yellowstone later. We didn't have any phone or internet service in Yellowstone, I guess it was too far in side of the park. The weather there has been cold with lots of...

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Dec 10, 2011 - Mt Rushmore and then to KS

Now that all the business stuff was taken care of, we had a bit of free time before making our way to Chanute, KS. Since we were now 'South Dakota' residents, a mandatory visit to Mount Rushmore was in order. The weather was clear and cool, but warming up fast. The drive was about 45 minutes or so to see all those 'stone heads', as I always called them. Just before arriving at the park we passed through a small town. I don't remember the name, but it was sure full of tourist stuff. Luckily for us, it was all closed for the season. But we...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Mt. Rushmore & Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road

Great day for sights today! We first drove to Mt. Rushmore. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to see this historic monument. We took some pictures, had some delicious bison stew for lunch in the monument's cafe, then walked the Presidential Trail, which is half-mile paved trail that offers the closest views of the Rushmore faces. History of Mt. Rushmore We then drove to the Crazy Horse Memorial. But since we had spent much longer at Mt. Rushmore than we planned, and it was getting late in the day, we decided not to pay the...

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2011 Northwest Trip

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