Two great monuments

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Crazy Horse Memorial & Mount Rushmore

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Friday, May 11, 2012

May 11, Denver to Rapid City.

This was the longest distance we traveled in one day, from Denver to Rapid City, it's 389 miles.  

Tour itinerary map
 
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Our trip northward.
 
 
 
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Map of Rapid City
 
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Rapid City is the base from which most tourists visit the two major memorials; the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest.   We spent two nights at the Adoba Eco Hotel located in downtown Rapid City, close to the best restaurants, the "City of Presidents" with statues on street corners, shops, bars, and the historic Alex Johnson Hotel where six presidents have resided, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   We peeked into the lobby one day, and found it to have the ambiance of a once grand hotel.
 
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01Botticelli Ristorante Italiano523 Main St.Rapid CityMap Photos
 02Corn Exchange Restaurant & Bistro727 Main StreetRapid CityMap Photos  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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MAY 12
Crazy Horse Memorial 

The Crazy Horse Memorial is under construction (since 1948) on privately held land in the Black Hills in South Dakota.  Crazy Horse was a Lakota warrior, and the memorial was commissioned by Lakota elder Henry Standing Bear to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski, and funded by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a private non-profit organization.  The sculptures final dimensions are planned to be 641 feet wide and 583 feet high.  It is believed it will be the world's largest non-religious sculpture when completed.  

From Wiki on Crazy Horse.
"He took up arms against the U.S. Federal government to fight against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876.After surrendering to U.S. troops under General Crook in 1877, Crazy Horse was fatally wounded by a military guard while allegedly resisting imprisonment at Camp Robinson in present-day Nebraska. He ranks among the most notable and iconic of Native American tribal members and has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a 13 Great Americans series postage stamp."
 


 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Rushmore 
Mount Rushmore was sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum.   It features 60-foot heads of (left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and 
Abraham Lincoln.  Construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the faces were completed between 1934 and 1939.  The initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, but the lack of funding forced construction to end in 1941.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

 

 

   
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