Places to Visit in South Dakota Saige Yount

Devils Tower

Devils tower is a huge butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains(part of the Black Hills) in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. Devils Tower was the first declared United States monument established on September 1906, by president Theodore Roosevelt. Its name originated in 1875 during an expedition led by Colonel Richard Irving when his interpreter misinterpreted native name to mean "Bad God's Tower." In recent years, about 1% of the monuments 400,000 annual visitors have climbed Devils Tower.

Devils Tower

Badlands Park

Badlands National Park is a national park in southwestern South Dakota that stretches over 242, 756 acres. The Badlands Wilderness protects 64,144 acres of the park as a wilderness area and is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret. Authorized as Badlands National Park Monument on March 4, 1929, it was not established until January 25, 1939.

The average temperature in June is 83 degrees and 91.4 degrees in July. the highest temperature recorded is 114 degrees Fahrenheit.

Animals that can be found in the park include: badgers, big horn sheep, bison, prairie dog, bobcat, coyotes, elk, rattle snakes, porcupines, fox, and deer.

Custer State Park

Animals in Custer State Park

Custer State Park is a state park and wildlife reserve in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is the largest and first state park located at Custer, South Dakota. Things to do in Custer State Park include: archery, bird watching, camping, skiing, disc golf, fishing and boating, hiking, horse trails, hunting, and much more. During the summer, trout fishing is one of the most popular activities in the park. The park offers 4 gigantic lakes:Center Lake, Legion Lake, Stockade Lake, and Sylvan. A herd of 1,300 bison roams freely throughout the park, often stopping traffic along the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road.

Mount Rushmore

Originally, Thomas Jefferson was carved to the right of George Washington. However, after 18 months it was decided that this wasn't working so Jefferson's face was dynamited off and put on the opposite side. Dynamite was used to carve Mount Rushmore in a process called "honeycombing". About 450, 000 tons of stone was removed off the side of the mountain.

A cave called the Hall of Records sits behind the monument and contains a vault that holds a copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, biographies of the 4 presidents, and history of the U.S.

The carving of Mount Rushmore started on October 4, 1927 and finished 14 years later on October 31, 1941. Local historian Doane Robinson came up with the idea for Mount Rushmore in 1923 in order to promote tourism in South Dakota. Over 400 workers helped to sculpt Mt. Rushmore, climbing 506 steps each day to its top.

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