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Mount Rushmore

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  • Day9

    Four Dead Presidents & Crazy Horse

    August 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    An early start this morning from Keystone , we travelled the short distance to Mount Rushmore. It is a very impressive site, and you can only marvel at the engineering genius of the sculptor and the workers to complete the task of carving outWashington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln out of granite using dynamite at such lofty heights. Fortunately, no plans to add Trump.

    Not far from Rushmore is the Crazy Horse Memorial. This was commenced in 1948 at the request of a number of Indian chiefs to acknowledge the cultural significance of the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Native American Indian people. And possibly not to be out done by Rushmore. The project is entirely privately funded, and a single family drives the project. It reminded us of Gauci's Sagrada familia in Barcelona for the length of time it has been in progress, and will be until it is finished. You can see the pic of what it is now, and the white sculpture is what it will be when it finishes... They are currently working on the hand...

    So, completing this visit, we are making the long dash back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming set for an early morning flight to end in Phoenix Arizona tomorrow. Grand Canyon lookout!
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  • Day3

    Mt. Rushmore

    May 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    We did some sightseeing around Rapid City today. First, we returned to Mt. Rushmore, where we had last been 20 years ago. The view was slightly different during this trip because the area was covered in snow. From Mt. Rushmore, we traveled the Needles Highway through Custer State Park. We finished the day at Devil's Tower in eastern Wyoming.Read more

  • Aug31

    The Granite Heads of Mt Rushmore

    August 31, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    Married nearly 40 years and I had no idea that Mui has always wanted to visit the Mt Rushmore National Memorial. I don’t recall him ever mentioning it before ... not even when we were considering South Dakota as our home state for our fulltiming years in the Phaeton. He told me today that he’s wanted to do so since he first saw a photograph of the granite heads in an issue of Reader’s Digest ... back in the 1960s. Today, his dream came true.

    Technically, we got our first glimpse of the memorial when we drove Iron Mountain Road and saw the heads framed by the three tunnels blasted out of the rocks to build the road. But that doesn’t count. The approximately 60-feet tall heads were mere specks on the horizon. Today, we got as close to them as possible by walking the Presidential Trail ... after viewing and photographing them from the Grand View Terrace.

    We had made a pact before leaving Colorado Springs that on this trip to South Dakota, we would stay away from indoor activities that were crowded. Outdoor places as well for that matter.

    Arriving at Mt Rushmore at 7:30a this morning not only meant that we got to enjoy the grounds without the crowds, but we also found only six other people at the immense Sculptor’s Studio. That meant that we could sit down on one of the four or five 1940s-era benches that were spaced to ensure social-distancing and listen to a great talk given by one of the rangers.

    The presentation was billed as a 15-minute talk about the tools and techniques used to carve the memorial into the granite rock. The ranger covered that ... and more. He talked about the inspiration for the memorial ... born from Doane Robinson’s desire to do something to attract tourists to the state. He talked about the commitment ... when Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor, sketched out presidential heads instead of the Wild West figures Robinson had envisioned ... before he even saw the actual site. And he talked about bringing the memorial to fruition and how, as visitors to Mt Rushmore, we were part of the realization of a dream.

    After the presentation — which was excellent ... as all national park ranger-led programs tend to be — we checked out what’s left of the tramway used to get Borglum and the carvers up the mountain. We stopped to peer in what’s left of the sculptor’s first studio. Then we walked the nature trail back to the car to collect our PB&J sandwiches. The plan was to find a corner where we could sit and eat breakfast with the presidents.

    Wow ... what a change in the 1.5 hours since our arrival at Mt Rushmore! At 7:30a, there was maybe 10 people at the memorial. Now, people were arriving in droves, clogging the entry path that is lined with the flags of all 50 states (plus one district, three territories, and two commonwealths of the USA), filling the Grand View Terrace to take selfies. To boot, gone was the bright sunshine and the blue skies that allowed the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln to pop. The light was still bright, but the clouds had moved into dull the monument a bit.

    A construction project was blocking part of the Grand View Terrace. A perfect spot for breakfast since no one was behind that section of the wall. Nor was anyone sitting on the bleachers on that side. We had a delightful ½ hour ... eating our breakfast sandwiches, discussing the memorial, and sharing photos with family using WhatsApp.

    Seeing as how Mui had been waiting so long to see Mt Rushmore in person, on the way out we braved the gift shop ... where masks were required, I was happy to see. We found a cap for Mui, paid for our purchase, and left the premises. Giving the incoming stream of visitors a wide berth, we quick-stepped our way to the parking lot.

    Now we had a dilemma. Though admission to the memorial is free, we knew we had to pay for the parking. The gates were raised when we arrived, with a sign indicating a parking ticket was not necessary. But the pay-machine wanted us to insert the ticket before we could make payment. Pressing the “assistance button” on the machine, we explained our problem. The woman on the other end of the line told us that since we had arrived so early, we qualified for free parking. She gave us instructions on how to get out and soon we were on our way. Yay! Saved $5 (senior rate) in parking in addition to enjoying Mt Rushmore crowd-free.

    [I’ll answer the question that I know will be asked now. No, we did not return for the lighting ceremony after nightfall. We wanted to. But two things got in the way. We did not want to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with a bunch of people who, we knew, would mostly not be wearing masks. Also, we did not want to drive the narrow, curvy, unlit roads back to the campground at night. No road lights + free-ranging animals could well lead to a disaster that we were not willing to risk.]

    The rest of the day’s story will be in the next footprint.
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    Nickie Wilkinson

    Mind-boggling, isn't it?

    Two to Travel

    Especially considering the tools at hand back then.

    Nickie Wilkinson


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  • Day168

    Mt. Rushmore

    June 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Die sind fertig. Die Präsis. Der Indianer braucht noch 100 Jahre.

    Das Mount Rushmore National Memorial ist ein 1941 fertiggestelltes Denkmal, das aus monumentalen Porträtköpfen der vier bis zur Zeit seiner Erstellung als am bedeutendsten und symbolträchtigsten geltenden US-Präsidenten besteht. Jedes Porträt ist 18 m hoch. Dargestellt sind von links nach rechts die Präsidenten George Washington (1. US-Präsident), Thomas Jefferson (3.), Theodore Roosevelt (26.) und Abraham Lincoln (16.). Vor dem Denkmal sind Ausschnitte aus berühmten Reden der vier Präsidenten auf Schrifttafeln zu lesen. Das Mount-Rushmore-Nationaldenkmal wird auch als Shrine of Democracy (Heiligenschrein der Demokratie) bezeichnet. Die Lakota-Indianer sehen das Monument hingegen als Entweihung ihres heiligen Berges an.Read more

    Rosmarie Weißer

    wann hat man schon die Gelegenheit sich mit 4 Präsdenten ablichten zu lassen

  • Day19

    Mount Rushmore

    September 27, 2002 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Dirk werd wakker met de herinnering aan een mooie droom, we waren terug op Snow Shoe met Peggy en Stefaan en als cadeau had Dirk een eierkoker voor Agnes, Grappig!
    We vertrokken via de Spearfish Canyon SB. een panorama van hoge kliffen in Madison Limestone, een grijzige rots en Douglas sparren met eiken en aspen ertussen. In plaats van de US HW 385 moesten we een retour volgen over gravelweg 227, het was weer even of we waren terug in Crested Butte (vrijdag de 13e!) Gelukkig was de weg verbreed, goed aangedamd en het was droog. Op het einde van de omleiding terug op de HW 385 kwamen we een garage annex giftshop jaren 1950 tegen. Hier vond ik nog een echt colaflesje ‘Betty Boop’ model en Elvis souvenirs. Door de verzorgde dennenbossen met sappige weiden ertussen schoten we goed op. De zon was nevelig maar de temperatuur aangenaam. Onderweg reden we voorbij Pactola lake een sfeervolle omgeving. We stapten af aan het visitor center en deden een praatje zoals gewoonlijk. De man achter de balie vroeg of we 8 buks wilden uitsparen en wie wil dat niet dus lieten we ons de weg wijzen naar de enige gratis parking aan het Mount Rushmore Nat. Park. Het park zelf is gratis maar de parking kost 8 $, dus deze tip was leuk meegenomen. Onderweg zagen we een dode wasbeer, een nachtdiertje tussen een kat en vos in van grootte. Een slimme dief die in vuilbakken en slecht afgesloten huizen op jacht gaat naar etensresten. We reden ook nog voorbij Sheridan lake een in de 1930er jaren aangelegd reservoir. Dit werd speciaal uitgegraven om als ‘Civil Workers Program’ om werklozen van de grote depressie werk te geven. Zij kregen kost, inwoon en kleding en 20$.
    Mount Rushmore National Memorial kwam stillaan in zicht, toen ik het zag zei ik ‘hoe klein”! Maar ik bedoelde dat de hoofden klein leken in verhouding tot de bergen waaruit ze gehakt werden! Je kent de hoofden uit folders maar nu zag ik de hele indrukwekkende omgeving. We parkeerden de auto zoals aangegeven: gratis en dwaalden over het hele gebied. Gutzon Borglum was de inspirator en koos 4 presidenten uit die het land van koloniale tijden naar de 20e eeuw brachten.
    George Washington, Eerste president van 1789 tot 1797
    Thomas Jefferson, 3e president en mede-opsteller van de ‘declaration of Independence’ van 1801 tot1809
    Abram Lincoln, 16e president die de verenigde staten bijeenhield van 1861 tot 1865
    Theodore Roosevelt, 26e president vernieuwer, bouwer van het Panamakanaal en favoriet van Borglum. Van 1901 tot 1909.
    Je kan het kunst of kitch of zelfs natuurvandalisme noemen het is 100% Amerikaans!
    Bij het verlaten van het park zagen we 2 witte berggeiten, wollige dieren die er een beetje sullig bijlopen maar zeer bedreven klimmers zijn!
    In de fluwelige uitlopers Tussen Hill City en Custers zagen we een kudde bizons, wel 50 stuks en daarna ontelbare holen van prairie hondjes, de beestjes zelf lijken op marmotten maar dan kleiner.
    Even Vòòr Custer bezochten we het Crazy Horse monument in opbouw. Zelfde werkwijze als bij Mt Rushmore maar nog verre van af en 18$ pp entrance fee vonden we iets te veel dus draaiden we terug. Nog een uurtje rijden en we bereikten Hot Springs, naast het S 8 motel was een nieuw steakhouse dat we uitprobeerden: Mushroom soup, 8 oz Bizon steak & French Fries, Sundae ice cream. Lekker en een beetje chic!
    Op de terugweg tevoet zien we een fantastisch droog onweer, op de kamer de gordijnen open en genieten van dit ongewone zicht. Geen regen maar veel bliksem van bergtop naar bergtop en een nachtblauwe hemel.
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  • Day9

    Mount Rushmore

    August 28, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Vyjizdime smer Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stravil jsem tam rok na stredni skole a tak jsme se rozhodli, ze navstivime moji hostitelskou rodinu. Je to zhruba 1000 mil. Behem techo 1000 mil neni naprosto vubec nic. Tedy alepson nebylo do roku 1923, kdy Gutzon Borglum nechal ve skale vytesat 4 nejslavnejsi prezidentny USA.

    Mt. Rushmore je pamatnik americkeho patriotismu. Vsude americke symboly a vlajky. Ostatne Americkou vlajku by tu mela vlastnit kazda spravna domacnost a idelane ji mit vyvesenou na predzahradce. Cekal jsem, ze bude daleko vetsi security a ruzne kontroly kolem pamatniku, tak si to alepson pamatuju, kdyz jsme sem jeli pred 8 lety. Tentokrat vlastne vubec nic. Jedine co nas stve je, ze nam sem neplati nas pass na narodni parky, vstupne je totiz zdarma, nicmene chteji $11 za parkovani.

    Nasleduje kratky elaborat na kterem z 10 ruznych parkovist mame zaparkovat. Je relativne pozde odpoledne a tak uz tady neni ani noha. Tedy alespon podle zaplnenosti onech 10 parkovist. Na pamatniku je lidi relativne dost, nedovedu si predstavit jak to musi vypadat, kdyz je parkoviste plne, a to verim, ze se obcas stane.

    Pamatnik je moc pekny. 4 obrovske hlavy majestatne se tycici nad skalnatou vysocinou. Skaly lehce pripominaji oblast Prasnych skal. Koukame na naucny film a prochazime muzeum. Stavba trvala celych 14 let. Jeste se koukam na vlajky vsech statu v USA a vyjizdime smer Minnesota.
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    Jitka Ulrychova

    Tak přece jedete Minnesoty! Určitě budou mít radost, že vás vidí. A vyřiďte moc pozdravů.

  • Day71

    Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota

    August 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Mt. Rushmore, and not "Mt. Mushmore," as I texted my mom, is a really interesting monument. I had heard and read a lot of opinions about it- mostly that it was underwhelming in person. I didn't feel that way at all, however. I thought it was captivating, and I loved learning about how it was created. When we were going to leave, I kept thinking, "ok, that's a great last look, I'm ready to go." Then I would turn back around for some reason and see it, and think, "WOW! Ok, just one more minute." I'm so glad we made the stop!Read more

    Beth Herbert

    I agree! I thought Mt. Rushmore was amazing and the story of it fascinating.

  • Day25

    Mount Cashmore

    August 13, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Am Nachmittag wollten wir als brave USA-Touristen noch den Mount Rushmore besuchen. Die $11 Parkplatzgebühren schreckten uns allerdings ein wenig ab. So gab es eben nur ein schnelles Bild beim Vorbeifahren und wir sind für das Geld lieber Burger essen gegangen.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Mount Rushmore, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Monte Rushmore, Mont Rushmore, הר ראשמור, ラシュモア山, მთა რაშმორი, Rushmorefjellet, Góra Rushmore, Rushmore dağı, Núi Rushmore, 拉什莫尔山