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South Dakota 2009

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S: South Dakota Trip July 2009

FC: South Dakota July 2009

1: Day One | Traveling through Minnesota along I-90 Wind Turbines | Jackie Jorgenson ~ Sara Emmert ~ Devin Emmert Mother Daughter Grandson This album is about our trip to South Dakota. It shows the sights we saw and the history we were exposed to. There was so much to see and learn. It was a once in a lifetime experience that we'd like to do over and over again. Hopefully, some day, we'll have that opportunity.

2: The Butterfly House Souix Falls, SD | Grandma Jackie

3: If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~Author unknown

5: WOW! Devin is a butterfly landing pad! | An Irish Blessing May the wings of a butterfly kiss the sun And find your shoulder to light on To bring you luck, happiness and riches Today, tomorrow and beyond.

6: A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies again, And though we wish it could have stayed... We feel lucky to have seen it.

7: Falls Park Souix Falls, SD

8: Sara | Devin

9: The history of Sioux Falls revolves around the cascades of the Big Sioux River. Many Native American tribes of people inhabited the region previous to European descendants. Numerous burial mounds still exist on the high bluffs near the river. Many Native Americans reside in Sioux Falls today. The power that you see in the falls is tremendous and the sound can be deafening when you are very close. It was a very amazing first attraction for us to see. | Thunder Falls

10: A strong person and a waterfall always channel their own path.

11: Relaxing by the Big Sioux | Mother & Daughter and Grandson too...

12: Thunderbird Lodge Mitchell, South Dakota | The first place we stayed at on our vacation.

13: The World Famous CORN PALACE Mitchell, SD | The original Mitchell Corn Palace was built in 1892. It was a wooden castle structure. The Corn Palace was rebuilt in 1905 and again in 1921. Moorish domes and minarets were added in 1937, giving the Palace the distinctive appearance that it has today. It costs $130,000 annually to decorate the Palace. The exterior corn murals are replaced and redesigned each year with a new theme. The designs are created by local artists. No new mural was created in 2006 due to an extreme drought. | DAY 2

14: Cornelius Corn Palace Mascot with Devin & Sara

15: 1892 - First Corn Palace

16: prehistoric indian village mitchell, sd

18: Chamberlain, SD | Missouri River Wayside

19: Sightseeing along I-90

20: 1880 Murdo | town South Dakota

23: DANCES WITH WOLVES original movie props displayed at 1880 town

24: The Sod House & Prairie Dogs As we traveled to the Badlands we came across these sights. Jackie's great-great-great uncle, Louis Stark, lived in a sod house in Faith, SD in the 1800s, much like this one.


26: Sara ~ Devin ~ Jackie Standing on the edge of the Badland Canyons

27: NATURE IS THE ART OF GOD Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635


29: WALL DRUG STORE Wall, South Dakota

30: On the road again...along I-90 | Next place to sleep for the night... What busy days!!

31: REPTILE GARDENS | Rapid City South Dakota | DAY 3

32: Shingled Skink | Marine Toad | Giant Chinese Tree Frogs

33: File Eared Tree Frog | Giant Sea Turtle Skeleton | Eyelash Viper | Skeleton of a Burmese Python

34: Amazon Milk Frog | Black Legged Poison Arrow Frog | Bearded Dragon | Colorado River Frog | Chinese Alligator | Green & Black Poison Arrow Frogs | Australian Water Dragon | Fiji Island Banded Iguana | Gila Monster

35: Giant Tortoise | I love to be scratched...just like a dog! | Devin hanging with his new best friend!! | Sara joining in the fun!

36: The Raptor Show

37: The Alligator Show

38: BEAR COUNTRY USA | rapid city, sd

39: It was amazing to drive through the park and see all the wildlife walking around us.


42: BIG SKY LODGE | We stayed here for two nights. The view was nothing less than spectacular and the room was very quaint and boutique feeling. The owners were very friendly and accommodating. It was our favorite place to stay on vacation. | Rapid City | South Dakota

43: Cowboy Supper at the Flying T Chuckwagon We enjoyed a cowboy dinner of BBQ beef, chicken, baked potato, BBQ beans, homemade biscuit with honey, spice cake and lemonade. We were then entertained with a great show by a very talented group playing country, ballads, bluegrass and humorous skits. Before our supper & show we walked through a recreated small town with props from Dances with Wolves.

44: Mount Rushmore is a sculpture carved into the granite face of a mountainside near Keystone, South Dakota. It features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The memorial began in 1927 and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon sulpture Gutzon Borglum's death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Though the initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced construction to end in October 1941. It was unbelievable to see these Presidential faces carved in the mountainside. It felt good to show our patriatism and it gave us pride to be an American. | MOUNT RUSHMORE | DAY 4

46: America's Fathers | Abraham Lincoln | Theodore Roosevelt | George Washington | Thomas Jefferson | Devin Emmert ??

49: The backside of greatness!

51: The Big Thunder Gold Mine was once a real, operating gold mine during Keystone's heyday as a gold mining camp. Big Thunder Mine today is the only gold mine in the Keystone area that's open for tours. Big Thunder Gold Mine, formerly known as the Gold Hill Lode, dates back to the 1880s, when two German immigrants teamed up to try their luck and intercept the Lucky Boy vein. While the big gold vein hasn't been found yet, Big Thunder Gold Mine still holds potential for gold mining and explorations are ongoing.

52: Panning for gold sure doesn't make you rich!

53: RUSHMORE CAVE | Where Nature Does The Carving.

54: Rushmore Cave is the 9th longest cave in South Dakota. It measures a distance of 3,652.6 feet. It is located in the Black Hills National Forest, northwest of Mount Rushmore. It was discovered by placer miners in 1876. The cave was opened to the public in 1927, just before the carvings of Mt. Rushmore began. Inside the cave, the temperature stays around 58 degrees all year. | It's A Tight Squeeze!

55: The cave has a cornucopia of rooms including The Entrance Room, Post Office, Image Room, Big Room, Fairyland, Rope Room, Geode Room, The Rouge Room (Party Room), Arrowhead Room, and the Floral Room. The cave also includes many dripstone formations including but not limited to, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, helictites, flowstone, and boxwork.

56: Cave Bacon | Time to take a break!

57: Up and down and all around!

58: Keystone, South Dakota | Looks like a shootout's gonna happen on Main Street! | Somebody git the Marshall

59: DINOSAUR PARK | RAPID CITY, SD Dedicated on May 22, 1936, it contains seven dinosaur sculptures on a hill overlooking the city. Dinosaurs represented in the park include Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and an Anatotitan (formerly Trachodon). The dinosaurs they selected were based on fossils found in South Dakota and the Western United States. It was a small attraction, but something to do for a short time and the best part was that it was free. | Day 5

60: CRAZY HORSE | The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota, in the form of Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. The memorial was commissioned by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski.

61: The mountain carving was begun in 1948 by a Polish American sculptor Korczak Ziólkowski, who had worked on Mount Rushmore under Gutzon Borglum in 1924. Ziolkowski died in 1982. Ziolkowski's wife Ruth and their ten children remain closely involved with the work. The face of Crazy Horse was completed and dedicated in 1998. | Nature Gates | "My lands are where my dead lie buried." ..Crazy Horse

62: Some artifacts in the museum and a Native American tradesman selling his wares.

63: Korczak Kiolkowski & his sculptures in the museum.

64: The Mammoth Site is a museum and paleontological site near Hot Springs, South Dakota. It contains the remains of fauna and flora preserved by entrapment in a karst sinkhole. Mammoth bones were found at the site in 1974, and a museum and building enclosing the site were established. The museum now contains an extensive collection of mammoth remains. There was a sudden collapse of a 60 foot deep karst sinkhole. Bubbling from the bottom, a warm spring percolated through layers of limestone, creating a large steep-sided pond. | We had to stop on the highway on our way to The Mammoth Site to allow the bison to cross the road. | The Mammoth Site | As of 2009, at least 55 individual mammoths had been identified, mostly young males and including 3 wooly mammoths.

66: Mammoth Tooth | Columbian Mammoth

67: Mammoth Bone Hut | Ice Age Exhibit | Giant Short Faced Bear

68: Tatanka | at Custer State Park

69: The park is South Dakota's largest and first state park, named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The park is home to a famous herd of 1500 free roaming American Bison. They can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the animal played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the "tatanka" for food, clothing and shelter. Elk, mule deer, white tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions, and feral burros also inhabit the park. The park is famous for its scenery and its scenic drives (Needles Highway and the wildlife loop), with views of the bison herd and prairie dog towns.

70: Pronghorns live primarily in grasslands, but also in brushland and deserts. They eat a wide variety of plant foods. They run extremely fast, up to top speeds of 70 mph. It was amazing to see these animals in the wild - grazing right along other animals - even cattle. | Pronghorn Antelope

71: Begging Burros is a name used to refer to the donkeys in the park. Many people bring food to the park specifically for the purpose of feeding these animals. We went through 6 apples and a box of crackers before we escaped. There are approximately 50 burros that inhabit one area of the park up on a hill.

72: We spent the night at the Econo Lodge in Custer, SD. The night was late when we checked in so we weren't there very long. It was a very nice place to stay. | These are some of the sights on the way to Devil's Tower in Wyoming. | DAY 6

73: CITY OF DEADWOOD What a wild west town! There is more history in this little town than you can imagine. It's definitely a must see. It looks like the poker game wasn't going so good! | Mining camp in the early days | Two fires and a flood and the town still prevailed

74: Mt. Moriah was originally established as a Masonic cemetery in 1877 or 1878. Records exist here for some 3,627 people. James Butler Hickok (Wild Bill Hickok), Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny, Preacher Henry Weston Smith and Seth Bullock are a few of the many people at Mt. Moriah whose lives added to the story of Deadwood and the Black Hills. Between 80,000 and 100,000 people visit Mt. Moriah every year.

75: Wild Bill Hickock was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall during a poker game at Saloon No. 10 while he was holding the dead man's hand - a pair of aces and eights.

76: Devils Tower National Monument, a unique and striking geologic wonder is steeped in Indian legend and also known as Bear's Lodge, a sacred site for many Native American Indians. The park surrounding the tower was proclaimed the nation’s first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. It rises 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River.

77: The 1977 movie 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' was filmed in the area and the formation was used as the location for contacting aliens..

78: These are pictures of the landscape around Devils Tower and the Belle Fourche riverbed. Oxidation causes the redness of the rock limestone.

79: It wouldn't be a trip to South Dakota without stopping at Sturgis, where the annual motorcycle rally occurs. We ate dinner at Rosco'z and Devin enjoyed a HUGE chicken fried steak. We then drove back to Rapid City to Motel 6 where they kept the light on for us. The next morning was breakfast at Arnold's Diner - a 50's style restaurant.

80: South Dakota Museum of Geology School of Mines & Technology | This was our last tourist destination on our trip before heading back home. Devin wasn't too certain he wanted to go here, but once he walked in the door that was the last thing on his mind! They had fascinating skeletons, dozens of rare fossils and a terrific mineral collection. | Day 7

81: Baby Brontothere | Mammoth Skull | Horned Protoceras | Leptauchenia | A pregnant Oreodont | Leptomeryx "false deer"

82: Mosaurus Conodon | Long-necked Plesiosaur | Edmontosaurus | Xiphactinus | Triceratops

83: These are some of the different minerals displayed at the museum, including an ammonite.

84: This vacation with you is a memory for me that I will always cherish. There was so much history that we learned and so much knowledge that we gained. We did all this and had the best time ever! But, to be able to spend this time with you was just as special to me as everything that we did and saw. Thank you so much... I love you both....

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  • Trip to South Dakota with Jackie, Sara and Devin in July 2009.
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