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A good family travel destination in Rapid City is Dinosaur Park. It was one of the first free tourist attractions in the Black Hills region, opening in 1936. The park was designed to divert travelers traveling to and from Mount Rushmore into Rapid City.
The dinosaurs in the park were designed by Emmet Sullivan, who also created the Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Dinosaur Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1990.
Dinosaur Park is located at 940 Skyline Drive, high on a ridge overlooking Rapid City. On a clear day the park provides views that extend for dozens of miles east to the Badlands. When we visited it …
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 …
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).
When he was designing Dignity, sculptor Dale Lamphere wanted to create something that …