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Old 06-27-2014, 09:38 AM   #31
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I have a weird perspective on things sometimes but for some reason it always seems funny to celebrate the beauty of our country by drilling and blasting down half a mountain to put the faces of men on them. Even with Crazy Horse you would have to imagine if the ancient native Americans could see what we do to natural beauty they would probably laugh.....or roll their eyes.

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Old 06-27-2014, 09:58 AM   #32
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I have a weird perspective on things sometimes but for some reason it always seems funny to celebrate the beauty of our country by drilling and blasting down half a mountain to put the faces of men on them. Even with Crazy Horse you would have to imagine if the ancient native Americans could see what we do to natural beauty they would probably laugh.....or roll their eyes.

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Look at this way. Would you rather have a backyard view of Mt. Rushmore, or a windmill farm!

And, without those particular "men", you can bet this country, (and the world I might add, would look vastly different.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:28 AM   #33
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I was just there (two weeks ago)and it looked like there was on going work to me.

Privately funded project tend to take longer than publicly funded ones.

I am not sure if the public can see both sides of the monument or not right now.






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Guess thats why crazy horse is still not completed and hasn't been worked on in quiet a while.


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Old 06-27-2014, 11:39 AM   #34
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Thanks for all the suggestions. We are planning our Rushmore/Devils Tower / Crazy Horse / Yellowstone loop now for the early fall.

Will be adding the great info here to make sure we take in as much as we can.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:03 PM   #35
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I took the kids up there summer before last. They had to go down the Alpine slides two different days. They also really enjoyed the night time laser show at Crazy Horse more than anything at Mt. Rushmore. (it was neat)

I also like visiting some of the more unusual things. I took them to the geographic center of the US, which is near Belle Fourche, SD. The visitors center in Belle Fourche has a neat photo op there, but the actual geographic center is in a field 20 miles north from town (which you can go there, and we did).




Center of the Nation Visitor's Center - Belle Fourche*

They also liked the view from the Mount Coolidge Fire Tower in Custer State park.

http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/direct...-coolidge.aspx
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:19 PM   #36
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We still have the rocks they gave away from crazy horse here at home on the self from 12 years ago. The KOA by devils tower is a nice park with a great view. (Hope you like the movie close encounters.) Needles hwy is must do. Custer State Park is a great place as well.
Great place to go for sure!!
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:10 AM   #37
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We are into our second full day here and it's a blast!!! Made it to Devil's Tower, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, and Rushmore Cave. Took a drive on the Needles Hiway and got to see a herd of bison. Off to Keystone today to see what is all there..
Been finding lots of road construction with the worst so far being on the road to Jewel Cave. Bout a 10 minute wait and single lane gravel past Jewel Cave and on both sides of the road up and down the hill...
Will try and post some pics when we get back.. Just on my daughter's IPad and am not exactly acing it..lol..
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:56 PM   #38
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We'll be that way in a couple of weeks, in the midst of Sturgis (but not attending the rally), so I'm enjoying the comments as well. I'm happy to hear you're having a great trip so far!!! Can't wait!
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We'll be that way in a couple of weeks, in the midst of Sturgis (but not attending the rally), so I'm enjoying the comments as well. I'm happy to hear you're having a great trip so far!!! Can't wait!
Can I ask what your travelling route will be? We will be coming through Peoria and I am pretty sure our route but always looking for ideas.
Also, any information on campgrounds in or near Peoria. I found 2 and Mt Hawley looks closest to where we will be but it looks like a very busy road.
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Can I ask what your travelling route will be? We will be coming through Peoria and I am pretty sure our route but always looking for ideas.
Also, any information on campgrounds in or near Peoria. I found 2 and Mt Hawley looks closest to where we will be but it looks like a very busy road.
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I posted our route just yesterday IL to CO, SD in July/Aug

Our primary destination is actually Colorado, we're coming home "the long way" through the Mount Rushmore area. I'm actually planning to take I-90 all the way to I-39 back to Bloomington, IL. I've made the drive through Waterloo, etc. onto I-74, and it's fine, but I prefer to add a little mileage and come through Wisconsin - the kids love Wisconsin Dells anyway.

As far as Peoria camping, I am not very familiar but will reach out to local friends for recommendations. I can recommend some around El Paso or Hudson, IL that are great, but I don't think that will help you as they'd be a drive from Peoria. I did read your thread on this here Peoria to Custer/ Hill City area

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