Yesterday morning we left Cheyenne about 9 a.m. and drove 300 miles to Keystone, South Dakota -- the town nearest to Mt. Rushmore. Then we set up our campsite, visited Crazy Horse Memorial about 20 miles away and then visited Mt. Rushmore. I don’t like doing that much in one day. And I wasn't even driving, except to the monuments. But other than this northern detour so Jim could see Mt. Rushmore, the aim of this leg of our travels is to get to Ohio as quickly as we can. So we’ll be squeezing in a lot of miles plus the sites along the way.
Today we visited Deadwood, SD, about 50 miles north of Keystone. Deadwood is known for Wild Bill Hickok (who lived there only one month before he was shot in the back and killed), the Gold Rush (when the population boomed to 5,000 people; today only about 1,200 people live in Deadwood full time) and for formerly being a rowdy mining town. Today it’s a tourist/gambling village located in a very picturesque gulch. Although using the words “picturesque” and “gulch” in the same sentence seem a little odd.
Mt. Rushmore’s George Washington, as seen from a viewpoint outside the park with help from my new telephoto lens.
|Deadwood's County Courthouse.|
|Deadwood’s Adams museum.|
|Another cool building in Deadwood. A large section of the city was destroyed by fire in 1879; new buildings were made of brick.|
|Our campsite at Kemp’s Kamp in Keystone, SD is very close to the road. Despite that, it's very quiet.|