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Since the holiday starts today, more people are here. The museum is fairly packed, but we manage to see everything and the short film about Gutzon Borglum and the work. We learn that in 1923, State Historian Doane Robinson envisioned a gigantic carving of great Western heroes in the Black Hills, pioneers and Indians alike. Robinson contacted Borglum, who came to the Black Hills, changed the location, and decided ...
... could make $3.00 per hide. A good hunter, with a Sharpe’s rifle, could harvest 100 bison per day.
By killing the bison, the hunters essentially killed the Native American way of life. In 1875 General Philip Sheridan said, “These men [market hunters] have done in the last two years and will do more in the next year to settle the vexed Indian question, than the active army has done in the last 30 years.”
... There's an amphitheater that seats 2,500 people at the base of the monument. Apparently the amphitheater used to seat only 800, but they had to rebuild it because of the size of the crowds.
At any rate, the info on-site is incredible, as is the story of what all went into carving the mountain. The U.S. Park Service does a good job of presenting the information.
After the illumination of the mountain at dusk, the ranger ...
... Well, they're not called Black HILLS for nothing. We rode 47 miles with 3000 feet of climbing, starting at over 5000 ft. And, it was hot. However, it was just gorgeous, and we got to eat a lot! Nothing like what the Tour de France riders were doing that day - 12000 ft. of climbing in over 100 miles at double our speed. We had a great visit with Pam and ...
Before today, I had never seen a burro in the wild.
We both love any opportunity to wildlife—so this was a great day.
There were single lane tunnels along the roads.
After being in awe at all of the wildlife, we start through the Needles area of Custer State Park. ...