The ultimate destination for our trip – we arrived at Custer, SD on Monday afternoon, and bright and early Tuesday headed for the Famous Faces.
Our drive started through Custer State Park – a drive of narrow, winding roads and:
We drove through 6 of these – this was the smallest:
We stood in awe at the Cathedral Spire rock formations:
And took a look in a little cave (bigger ones to visit tomorrow):
Our first glimpse of Mt. Rushmore was on the road:
Fifteen years in the making, completed in 1941, each face is 60 feet high and 500 feet above the nearest vantage point.
were chosen as representative of the growth, development and preservation of the United States of America.
We took a guided tour
(don’t you just love those ranger hats!)
And learned about the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, who was a strong-willed artist who made the decision to sculpt the presidents rather than Wild West heroes, and chose the position of the sculptures as a place that would be seen for miles around, and would draw tourists for years to come. And after all, as our guide said, ‘he got us here’.
We also learned some history of the Black Hills – so named because the Ponderosa pine forests look black from a distance:
This area was originally a reservation, but gold was discovered and prospectors and settlers couldn’t be kept out of the area. So the US government reclaimed the land, offering to pay the natives – who refused payment. The moneys proffered were apparently set aside, and have grown to over $1,000,000,000. Two subsequent offers of the saved funds have been turned down by the natives, but the last offer was by a close vote, so it’s thought that at some point in the future the vote will swing in favor of the government and the natives will receive their payout.
As we drove away from Rushmore, we drove through yet another one-lane tunnel, and could see the faces behind us. So we stopped for a photo-op:
We crossed the Pig-tail Bridges (and no, I did not take this picture, but found it on the net):
It was a wonderful day of marveling at the creations of God and man.
Happy driving! Blessings, Peg
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