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September 24, 2013
From journal Family Vacation in the Black Hills
August 1, 2011
From journal Journey to the Old Way of Life in South Dakota
ashbourne, United Kingdom
July 10, 2011
From journal Meeting up in South Dakota
October 1, 2009
From journal Rapid City and Surrounds
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
August 26, 2007
From journal My Black Hills
August 31, 2006
From journal Quick Trip to South Dakota
October 15, 2004
After driving all over trying to find the free parking (my husband refuses to pay for parking), we finally gave up and went to the car entrance line. The woman working at the booth informed us that the free parking was closed, so we paid our fee (not without grumbling) and parking in the first spot we could find.
It was close to dinnertime for us, so we headed to the cafeteria first. Though we are well traveled and know the exorbitant prices of museum and monument food areas, we resigned ourselves to eating here. The menu didn't hold anything exceptional, so we settled on the special, spaghetti and meatballs, salad, a roll, a fountain beverage for under $6. We were very surprised to see that the plate of spaghetti we were given was HUGE and that we could get free refills on our sodas. It turned out to be a great meal for a great price! We were very impressed. The dining area is large, clean, and very modern.
After our meal, we visited the very informative and well put-together museums. We also walked the Presidential Trail, which is a boardwalk trail with stairs up and down, but isn't too strenuous. The trail takes you directly under the monument and also to the Sculptor's Studio, which had closed by the time we got there.
The nighttime lighting of the monument begins at 8pm. Unfortunately, it began to rain while we were sitting in the amphitheater, waiting for the show to begin. The rain at first was on and off, but soon a thunderstorm began to roll through. The ranger who was giving the presentation decided to shorten the program and simply turned on the lights for us. I have been told since that they normally play classic, American songs during this, but our lighting was accompanied only by the soft sounds of rolling thunder. It was quite eerie. After my husband spent some time taking great care to snap the photos you see below, we walked to the gift shop. The gift shop is quite large and had many of the souvenirs that we had seen in many other shops throughout South Dakota. Since the rain began to pick up, we had to cut our visit short with a dash to our car!
From journal Mt. Rushmore, Custer and the Badlands, SD 2004
New Milford, Pennsylvania
August 17, 2004
From journal From PA to SD and back in 7 days!
September 5, 2005
Before you enter the amphitheater for the ceremony, you walk through the Avenue of State Flags, which are tall granite columns on each side of you. All the state flags are flying, and the name of the state is engraved on the column. I thought this was impressive, especially since the columns framed the faces of the Presidents. It was incredible to see the faces of four of our U.S. Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, carved into the side of Mount Rushmore.
The amphitheater was large and had plenty of cement benches for everyone to sit on. There was a lot of space between the rows, which made it easier to accommodate wheelchairs and baby strollers. At about 8:30, a Park Ranger welcomed everyone and started asking multiple-choice questions about the four presidents. This was fun for the crowd, especially since there were a lot of children in attendance, and this seemed to keep everyone occupied. Next, they showed a film on the history of the monument and the area. They played classical and patriotic music and illuminated the faces of the Presidents. Then the Ranger invited all veterans and current military personnel to the stage to lower the American flag. They lowered the flag, folded it, and passed the flag to each person, and everyone stated their name, state, and branch of the military they served in and anything else they wanted to say. It was a very moving ceremony!
I highly recommend visiting Mount Rushmore at night. It was terrific!
From journal Summer week in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota
July 22, 2012
From journal More Than Just Badlands