Mt. Rushmore

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the completion of the Mount Rushmore carving.  With more than 3 million visitors in 2010, it is recognized internationally as a symbol of freedom, patriotism and democracy.

There are lots of camping spots around Mt. Rushmore and I chose a KOA between the Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.  I checked in, put up the tent and headed for the evening lighting ceremony.

I admit to many tears during the ceremony as it celebrated not only our freedoms but those that fought for those freedoms.  My dad stormed the beach at Iwo Jima in WWII and my brother was in Vietnam during the Tet offensive, both proud United States Marines.

“My plan is to make Rushmore a center in the heart of America so attractive, so comprehending, that the inevitable visiting world will assemble there with something more than curiosity, and go away with something more than wonder.”  Sculptor Gutzon Borglum


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jamie Ray Macsisak on September 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hey Cathy,

    I was born in South Dakota and a few lifetimes ago I went back and found myself co-managing a store in Rapid City with my mom. Throughout my life I have had fond memories of SD and Mt. Rushmore (AND WALL DRUG!!!). Enjoy your stay there!



  2. Posted by Janet Barton on September 26, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Seventy years ago – that’s something, isn’t it. The sculptor had great insight and obvious talent.


  3. Posted by Laura Baxter on September 26, 2011 at 7:47 am

    My husband and I were at Mt. Rushmore on our motorcycle this summer. Stayed at Sturgis, but it was before the big Harley thing that happens there. Loved riding around the Blackhills and seeing everything, even Wall Drug.


  4. Posted by Ruth Coyne on September 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    You’re making progress! Looking forward to seeing you.


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