There were shops of all kinds and a 500 seat restaurant. We were more interested in the museum pieces.The poker players are mannequins not real people.
Bill is giving the old girl a few tips.
After lunch we headed towards the Black Hills National Forest and Mount Rushmore.
Wow we have seen this on the movies and in magazines but here we are visiting the real thing.
Started in 1927 and finished in 1941, the heads of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosefelt and Lincoln were carved out of the granite mountain by Gutzon Borglum. He had many arguments and problems getting funding from the government. The information centre was excellent.
Not far away an even bigger mountain carving is in progress.
Korczak started work when he was forty with $178. He knew the huge project would take longer than his lifetime so he left plans and instructions for his family to continue, which they have. They have never used tax payers money. Money is raised by visitors to the magnificent information centre and Indian Museum and I am pleased to say it is not one bit tacky. The story of the family's struggle to get this Memorial finished is remarkable.
We stayed for the night light show but my photos didn't turn out.
We stayed overnight at Keystone a little western town just south of Rapid City. Its 130 year old boardwalk is still being used as a sidewalk.