United States Journals

Traveling out West from Denver to Salt Lake Day 3-4

A travel journal to United States by lashr1999

Crazy Horse Memorial Photo, Black Hills, South Dakota More Photos
Quote: Including some of our highlights of our bus tour out west to Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. We had a great time:)
Billings Hotel and Convention Center Photo, Billings, Montana
Our fourth Day we stayed at the Billings Hotel. On entering the hotel going to our room we saw the hotel has a pool area with a Jacuzzi and also a water slide. After we put our bags down, we came back to the pool and had some fun. One thing that doesn’t make sense is that you have to purchase a band from the front desk to use the water slide, the lifeguard can not sell one to you directly. As we were wet we could not walk to the front desk to get one. After the swim the dining area at the hotel was closed, so we walked to a restaurant a block away. Funny story about the restaurant, while everyone was ordering I spied rocky mountain oysters on the menu and told my friend she sho...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2009

Billings Hotel and Convention Center
Billings, Montana 59101

Big Horn County Historical Museum Photo, Hardin, Montana
The fourth day, on our way from Devil’s tower towards Billings Montana, we stopped of at the Big Horn County Historical Museum. The museum was once a large vegetable farm which was donated in 1979 to construct the museum. The museum has 23 historic buildings. The farm house and barn on the site were from the original farm. Various other buildings were moved here from other Big Horn Country locations. You are free to walk around the grounds into each building. Be aware that some buildings are being renovated and they partly may be blocked off. There are outhouses, gas stations, barns, an old church, old post offices and other places to explore. There is a butcher area where fake meat hanged f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2009

Big Horn County Historical Museum
Ih 90 Exit 497
Hardin, Montana
(406) 665-1671

Historic Franklin Hotel Photo, Deadwood, South Dakota
We stayed at the Franklin hotel which is a historic hotel in Deadwood at the end of our third night. The hotel is over 100 years old and the hotels entrance and lobby gives it the old west feel. The casino area at the Silverado sister building has crystal chandeliers and red curtains. There are various slots and tables open here. Remember to get your discount coupons from the Franklin and use them. There is a coupon that if you give the cashier $20 you get $22 back and you don’t have to play to get it. While sitting at the slot you are offered wine, soda and well drinks for tips. In addition you have 2 free drink coupons to use if you don’t want to play. At the table you can use a coupon tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2009

Historic Franklin Hotel
700 Main Street
Deadwood, South Dakota 57732

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial Photo, Keystone, South Dakota
After the Crazy Horse Memorial on the third day we went to the Mt. Rushmore National Monument. The mountain was originally known by the Lakota Sioux as Six Grandfathers which was part of the route that Lakota leader Black Elk took for a spiritual journey. The area was taken over by the US around 1877 on a claim that is still disputed based on the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie. It was named Mount Rushmore during a prospecting expedition by Rushmore, David Swanzey, and Bill Challis. The idea for the Mount Rushmore sculptures came from Historian Doane Robinson in 1923 who wanted to promote tourism in South Dakota. In 1924, Robinson asked sculptor Gutzon Borglum to become a part of the project. Mount R...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2009

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751
(605) 574-3171

Crazy Horse Memorial Photo, Black Hills, South Dakota
On our third night we saw the Crazy Horse Memorial. Ziolkowski a sculptor who worked on Mount Rushmore received a letter from Chief Henry Standing Bear in 1939 which stated "My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes, too. To accomplish this vision Ziolkowski in 1948 began carving the crazy horse memorial into Thunderhead Mountain. This mountain is between Hill city ad Custer and about 8 miles from Rushmore. This land is considered sacred by native American so this carving is controversial to some. Lame Deer, a Lakota Medicine Man stated: "The whole idea of making a beautiful wild mountain into a statue of him is a pollution of the landscape. Additi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 2, 2009

Crazy Horse Memorial
Highway 385, 4 miles north of Custer
Black Hills, South Dakota