Right!!! Dorthy said it and I believe many of us find that to be true. For me, I grew up in South Dakota and no matter where I have lived it will always be HOME!
After college I moved to New Orleans, then Dallas and finally to Atlanta. For my profession I have been fortunate to travel all over the United States and parts of Europe. I have seen some amazing places, but my home state has some pretty incredible sites too. It was always amusing to me whenever someone would say, “Where are you from?” and I would reply “South Dakota” then I usually got a blank stare… or, the response, “Oh, South Dakota, the capital is Fargo, RIGHT? ” Well no….. So let me share with you some of my favorite places in my home state and how wonderful it is.
Most of you will recognize Mount Rushmore, with the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It is truly awe inspiring to stare up at this incredible sculpture in the side of the mountain. Mount Rushmore is located in the western side of the state about 23 miles from Rapid City in the Black Hills. And, you never know who you will see will visiting the site. I ran into a couple of presidents!!
And another must see only a few miles from there is the Crazy Horse Memorial.
The mountain carving of Crazy Horse, the Oglala Lakota warrior is a monumental undertaking and has been going on since 1948. His outstretched arm is 263 feet, is almost a football field long! So much still to be done but, work goes on daily.
Then there is Custer State Park to drive through and see the antelope, all types of birds and, of course, the buffalo. Every fall there is a round up to corral them so they can be sorted, branded and vaccinated to keep the herd healthy.
Rapid City has many Native American art works in shops downtown and sculptures of the United States presidents can be seen on the sidewalks.
It can be a real test of your history knowledge to figure out who each one is…. but it is fun to walk around and see all of them.
Sturgis is popular for those who love to ride motorcycles and a drive through the Spearfish canyon is breathtaking any time of year. There are many more places to see and explore on this side of the state…. The Missouri runs through the middle of the South Dakota so we refer to it as West River. I’ll share with you sites and places to see on the East River side next week.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these few highlights and I hope that you can visit some of them one day.