putting this trip together, I tried to accommodate requests from each of us and
for Madison, I’ve included the things she needs to see and do plus the things I
know she enjoys. For today we visited
Mt. Rushmore (she needs to do) and the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research Museum as her want to do.
we were out her last year, Bev and I just drove by Rushmore and took a few
shots, but this time we went in, saw the mountain up close, watched the movie,
and looked around. It was a dreary
morning so the shots are not that great but its’s still pretty impressive and a
great output from a couple of men’s vision.
Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia.
Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving
the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in
order to promote tourism in the region.”
“It was Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln
Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four
United States presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson
(1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865).
The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level.”
securing federal funding through the enthusiastic sponsorship of "Mount
Rushmore's great political patron", U.S. Senator Peter Norbeck,
construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were
completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum's death in March 1941, his
son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Although the initial concept called
for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced
construction to end in late October 1941.”
From the entrance back to the mountain, you pass through the Avenue Of Flags with one for each state.
U.S. National Park Service took control of the memorial in 1933, while it was
still under construction, and has managed the memorial to the present day. It attracts nearly three million people
From Rushmore, we went into Hill City to visit The Black Hills Museum which is small but packed with minerals, fossils, petrified wood, and dinosaur
bones – most of the bones are from the area.
Madison seems fascinated by rocks so maybe she’s a budding
have the second largest complete T Rex after the famous Sue which is located at the Field Museum of
Natural History in Chicago.
this ancient alligator mouth to the
chair next to it.
seems to be a sea creature - ancient turtle perhaps.
this, the ladies drove me the three miles back to the campground and they went
back to town for, what else, more shopping.
We finished off the day with tastings at two local wineries, The Naked WinerSD which is a franchise for the original in Hood River, OR, where the wine is made and the Prairie Berry Winery,
where they make mostly non-grape fruit wines including the locally famous Red
Ass Rhubarb (too sweet for me).
I believe we got our moneys worth from this day.
The night before we left the area, we drove back up to Mt. Rushmore to see it lit up.
best if enlarged by clicking on them.
a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.