DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

Iron Mountain road is single lane for alittle while

it was fun to drive, they advise no large vehicles, no RV's...

this is why ! ! !

there are some tight fits to be made.

and old bridges that may not hold all that weight . ....

Pigtail bridge

Pigtail woodworks

This view if from one of the last tunnels on Iron Mtn...

This was what Mt. Rushmore looked like before Borglum worked his magic...

of course, this is afterwards...

close up study of Washington, each head is 60 feet tall, his...

close up study of Jefferson

close up study of Rosevelt

close up study of Lincoln

list of the workers

Gutzon Borglum

About G. Borglum

to prove we were there. . .

on needles hiway you get this profile view of G. W.

Uh oh, pull in the mirrors, again

YIKES ! good thing we didn't eat breakfast !

then you get into a traffic jam on the other end...

Why the Needles Hiway is named that . .

the hiway is VERY narrow, barely enough room for dually trucks and...

Needles

Oh what a view...

the whole area has a problem with Pine Bark Beetle killing the...

Who needs Rushmore...

when you have...

smiley face rocks like this...!!!!


Since our 5th wheel is a Presidential and has the image of Mt Rushmore on the front cap, we figured it'd be a "crime" if we didn't go see the famous mountain. Dave couldn't convince the park director to let him haul the trailer to the bottom of the mountain for a "once in a lifetime" photo-op! ! ! Oh well . . .

Rebecca's brother Tim and wife Donna were here 2 months before us and advised us on a couple things. First, drive the Iron Mountain road in a south to north direction for best views and opportunities to see Mt Rushmore from a distance. Second, Tim said, "pull in your mirrors" when we go through the narrow tunnels. He's right on both accounts.

The sculptor was Gutzon Borglum. Our long-time readers will remember our stop in Sept 08' to visit his other massive sculpture near Atlanta, GA, Stone Mountain. This one though, Mt. Rushmore used the likes of local labor totalling nearly 400 men. Taking nearly 14 years, including those of the depression from 1927 to 1941, if the time carving was compressed to just working time, it would total almost 6 1/2 years ! ! ! OSHA today would be proud of his accomplishment as only one man died in the time.

Take alook at the pics, we drove the Iron Mountain road to get to the Rushmore Monument then the Needles hiway out of the area to the RV resort.

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