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Jaci’s guidebook

Jaci

Jaci’s guidebook

Sightseeing
The southeastern face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest is the site of four gigantic carved sculptures depicting the faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Led by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, work on the project began in 1927 and was finally completed in 1941. Over that time period, some 400 workers erected the sculpture under dangerous conditions, removing a total of 450,000 tons of rock in order to create the enormous carved heads, each of which reached a height of 60 feet (18 meters). In sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s original design, the four presidents were meant to be represented from the waist up, but insufficient funding brought the carving to a halt after completion of their faces. Known as the “Shrine of Democracy,” Mount Rushmore welcomes upwards of 2 million visitors every year, and is one of America’s most popular tourist attractions The Evening Lighting Ceremonies are held beginning in late May to September 30th each year. In 2019, due to construction, an approximately 20 minute lighting ceremony will include a ranger talk, playing of the national anthem, lighting of the memorial and a flag folding demonstration.
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Mount Rushmore
13000 South Dakota 244
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The southeastern face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest is the site of four gigantic carved sculptures depicting the faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Led by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, work on the project began in 1927 and was finally completed in 1941. Over that time period, some 400 workers erected the sculpture under dangerous conditions, removing a total of 450,000 tons of rock in order to create the enormous carved heads, each of which reached a height of 60 feet (18 meters). In sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s original design, the four presidents were meant to be represented from the waist up, but insufficient funding brought the carving to a halt after completion of their faces. Known as the “Shrine of Democracy,” Mount Rushmore welcomes upwards of 2 million visitors every year, and is one of America’s most popular tourist attractions The Evening Lighting Ceremonies are held beginning in late May to September 30th each year. In 2019, due to construction, an approximately 20 minute lighting ceremony will include a ranger talk, playing of the national anthem, lighting of the memorial and a flag folding demonstration.
Amazing museums and carving for anyone interested in Native American History. Born in 1840 along Rapid Creek, Crazy Horse rose to become one of the most powerful and most recognized Native American figures of the Lakota Indian Tribe, second only to Sitting Bull. Cemented in history as a Native American war leader and fearless defender of Native American culture, territory and life, Crazy Horse has come to represent the freedom of the Native American spirit and the historic, continuing effort to preserve Native American culture within American society. His is an intriguing and vibrant legacy, inspiring the world’s largest mountain carving, currently in progress, right here in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
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Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
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Amazing museums and carving for anyone interested in Native American History. Born in 1840 along Rapid Creek, Crazy Horse rose to become one of the most powerful and most recognized Native American figures of the Lakota Indian Tribe, second only to Sitting Bull. Cemented in history as a Native American war leader and fearless defender of Native American culture, territory and life, Crazy Horse has come to represent the freedom of the Native American spirit and the historic, continuing effort to preserve Native American culture within American society. His is an intriguing and vibrant legacy, inspiring the world’s largest mountain carving, currently in progress, right here in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Fishing/Kayaking
Horse Thief Lake, the closest lake to us, is in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is approximately two miles northwest of Mount Rushmore, the closest lake to the monument. The lake's name is derived from the fact a gang of horse thieves operated their. It has walking paths, great fishing and it's a fun spot to kayak.
Horse Thief Lake Road
Horse Thief Lake, the closest lake to us, is in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is approximately two miles northwest of Mount Rushmore, the closest lake to the monument. The lake's name is derived from the fact a gang of horse thieves operated their. It has walking paths, great fishing and it's a fun spot to kayak.
Food scene
Experience award-winning South Dakota wines in a fun and relaxed setting. Free wine tastings with a brewery right next door. Menu items including gluten-free, vegetarian and kids' options. Patio seating with beautiful views of Black Elk Peak. What I love about this place, you can sample the wine for FREE!!! The place is family friendly although it is truly more suited for adults! Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, Red Ass Rhubarb and Gold Digger are my personal favorites. Disclaimer, I tend to favor a sweeter wine.
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Prairie Berry Winery
23837 US-385
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Experience award-winning South Dakota wines in a fun and relaxed setting. Free wine tastings with a brewery right next door. Menu items including gluten-free, vegetarian and kids' options. Patio seating with beautiful views of Black Elk Peak. What I love about this place, you can sample the wine for FREE!!! The place is family friendly although it is truly more suited for adults! Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, Red Ass Rhubarb and Gold Digger are my personal favorites. Disclaimer, I tend to favor a sweeter wine.