Monday, June 10, 2013
Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial
Mount Rushmore is a National Monument. Admission is free, but there is a charge for parking. The parking pass is good for the year. So not a bad bargain. The Presidents are below.
There is a long walkway leading up to a viewing area. All the state flags are presented in the order that they joined the Union. There is also an excellent gift shop on site.
We also visited the Crazy Horse Memorial and Museum. Below is a scale model of what the finish product will look like. This site is privately funded and I felt the $10. per person fee was reasonable. They also cap the amount at $25. for a carload.
The following picture was taken with a short lens. The picture after was taken with my telephoto lens.
The opening below the out stretched arm is large enough to hold a 10 story high building. That will give you a reference for the scale of this monument. We began our tour with a movie showing the beginning and a history of the sculpting thus far.
We spent a couple of hours in the Indian museum. There are a number of paintings depicting the old West. Many Indian artifacts are displayed throughout the museum. Several local Indians artisans were also on site making their wares. There was another very nice gift shop. Following one of many displays.