Joe and Nancy

Joe and Nancy
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Custer State Park

On the trip from Casper to Custer, SD, we took a "potty break" here and thought this intersting enough to share.  We didn't drive back to see the old house, though we wanted to.  Across the road was this old remains of a general store/residence.  Just a piece of Wyoming history.
On the road, out the front window of the motor home.
Crazy Horse Memorial, just north of Custer, SD.
From Wiki: 
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument that is currently under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota, in the form of Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. The memorial was commissioned by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear to be sculpted by Korczak Ziółkowski.  The monument has been in progress since 1948 and is still far from completion.[1] If completed, it may become the world's largest sculpture, as well as the first non-religious statue to hold this record since 1967; the last being Russia's Mamayev Monument.
The above was a model sculpted by Korszcak.  Below is the model and the real one about a quarter mile away.
The below wood image was carved by the sculptor on memories of Crazy Horse from several older Lakota tribesmen that knew him.  There are no known photos of Crazy Horse as he did not allow anyone to ever photograph him.  So Korsczak had his work cut out for him (pun intended).
Outside the museum is this of the fighting stallions.
We didn't take the bus ride to the base of the monument, so this a zoom shot with my 200mm from the gift shop/museum area.  This face is some 25 feet taller than the Rushmore heads.
Now, we were at the President's Monument at Mt Rushmore nearly 42 years ago.  It has changed.  Not the Presidents, but everything else.  WOW!  Nice digs at this Monument.  You can now walk right up to the base of the monument.  My pics reflect different locatons along the President's Trail.
Right outside the museum near the start of the President's Trail, were these two mountain goats.  Pretty neat huh?
One last shot of the Presidents.  Neat place!
Miss Nancy was born in Norfolk, Virginia.  So we had to take a pic of her with the State column here.
OK, I think I am going to close this bolg, and save my pics from the Custer Stae Park for the next blog.  It rained both days we were in Custer.  It's a neat little "one street" town, and we'd probably spend a little more time here if it were not lousy weather.  We did have lunch in Keystone, just down from the Presidents.  Here is a pic or two from Keystone.
So, till the next time, Joe & Nancy, RVing Beach Bums.