We are having a blast here in the Black Hills with fellow Boomers. This is an incredible area with tons of stuff to see and do. We are staying at the Rush No More RV Park in Sturgis. The motorcycle rally is over and there is peace and quiet.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial was a must see for us. When we went there it was rather cold and drizzly weather. The sculptor of Mt. Rushmore was Gutzon Borglum. His vision for Mt. Rushmore was no less than the formal rendering of the philosophy of our government into granite on a mountain peak. His monument to America grouped four leaders who brought the nation from colonial times into the 1900s. 5,725 foot Mt. Rushmore was named in 1885 for New York lawyer Charles E. Rushmore. Its broad wall of exposed granite faces southeast to receive direct sunlight for most of the day. President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the memorial in 1927, commencing 14 years of work; only six years were spend on actual carving.
We also visited Crazy Horse. Korczak was the sculptor chosen by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear. Korczak was completely self-taught and never took a formal lesson in art, sculpture or engineering. He arrived in the Black Hills on May 3, l914 and started work on the mountain in 1948 when he was almost 40. He twice turned down offers for federal funding. Since his death in 1982, his wife Ruth, with seven of their children, have continued work on the memorial. They still have a long way to go and I know I won’t see it completed in my lifetime. It is impressive to see.