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Friday, August 17, 2012

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculptured tribute that was carved into the face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota.  

It was my wife's dream to someday visit Mount Rushmore. So for our 40th wedding anniversary I booked a vacation trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. She got to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial. We took a bus tour with Stagecoach West Charter Tours from Fort Hayes near Rapid City South Dakota. They have the film sets from the movie "Dances with Wolves" . They offer a great tour and we highly recommend them. Riding through Cluster State Park and going through the three tunnels with views of Mount Rushmore  was very interesting and the driver was very knowledgeable and entertaining.  They have many turn-of-the-century workshops to visit. The tour was awesome and the cowboy breakfast and the dinner show afterwards was very entertaining. being the first couple to book the tour has many benefits doing the day.

Stagecoach West Chartered Tours
Stagecoach West Chartered Tours

Seasonalpics Ft Hayes
Ft Hayes near Rapid City South Dakota

Seasonalpics Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore - a dream come true

Seasonalpics Tunnel Photo
Squeezing through one of the tunnels

Mount Rushmore was sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum.  Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents ( from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln to represent the first 150 years of American History.

Construction on Mount Rushmore began in 1927 and finished in 1941. This was done in the Black Hills of South Dakota to promote tourism for the region. Many people visit these memorials every year. They don't know how long it is going to take to finish the memorial to Crazy Horse.

From South Dakota we drove out to Wyoming and saw the Devil's Tower as seen in the movie "Close Encounters" and then we went to see the Badlands.

Have any of you ever visited Mount Rushmore or Crazy Horse, if so which memorial do you prefer and why?