“Pic of the Week”, September 11, 2020: Hillbilly Hot Rod, Murdo

06 Murdo, South Dakota (7)

We pulled off the freeway to get some gas and walk the dogs as part of our road-trip to the Ozarks.  Murdo, South Dakota, is a small sleepy prairie town of a few hundred residents, and we didn’t have any plans to do anything except take care of our personal and pet needs before returning to the highway.
As I was filling the tank I noted that across the street was a parking area which contained several older vehicles, and I wanted to have a closer look.
Mostly these were cars of about 1970s vintage, but there were a couple of unusual beasts.  The oddest among these was a Frankenstein type of hot-rod, made of welded and bolted together odds and ends …

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Dignity of Earth & Sky: South Dakota’s newest Landmark

00 Chamberlain South Dakota (11)

South Dakota has a new landmark of which it’s proud.  This sculpture is known as “The Dignity of Earth & Sky”, or Dignity, and was completed in 2016.  It’s located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota.  Dignity is easily accessed as it adjoins a freeway rest area and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.  
Dignity is sculpture of a Native American woman which is crafted of stainless steel and glass.  Towering 50-foot-tall, her outstretched arms hold a quilt featuring 128 blue and white glass diamond shapes that flutter in the wind.  At night, LED lights make the diamond shapes glow (something we did not see).

Dignity, South Dakota

Dignity, South Dakota


When he was designing Dignity, sculptor Dale Lamphere wanted to create something that …

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