Today we left earlier, a touch before 7am. Well, it was not ment to be! I left my still charging camera battery at the hotel. We had to go back and get it! It was 7:30 before we got on the road again!
I am not going to put in a history bit on Mt. Rushmore. There is so much out there!
Mark was thrilled!
The world's largest rocking chair.
Mount Moriah Cemetery on Mount Moriah in Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota is the burial place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane andSeth Bullock, and other notable figures of the Wild West. By tradition, the American flag flies over the cemetery 24 hours a day, rather than merely from sunrise to sunset.
In the early years of Deadwood, there were two graveyards: The Ingelside Cemetery, which was part of the way up Mount Moriah and was filled quickly in the first few years it was open, and the Catholic Cemetery. Many prospectors, miners, settlers, prostitutes and children were buried within the Ingelside Cemetery, alongside Wild Bill Hickok and Preacher Smith.
In the 1880s it was determined that the land where Ingelside Cemetery was located could be better used for housing. Most of the bodies there were moved up the mountain to Mount Moriah and re-interred. However, since many graves were unmarked or unknown some were not moved. Today it is not uncommon for people working in their garden or remodelling a basement or shed to find human bones as a left over from the Ingelside Cemetery days.
Mount Moriah's main attraction is Wild Bill's gravesite. Calamity Jane and Potato Creek Johnny are buried next to him.
Wild Bill's Grave.
History Bit: (short version)
James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his fame, although some of his reported exploits are fictionalized.Hickok came to the West as a fugitive from justice, first working as a stagecoach driver, before he became a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, actor, and professional gambler. Between his law-enforcement duties and gambling, which easily overlapped, Hickok was involved in several notable shootouts. He was shot and killed while playing poker in the Number Ten Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota).
At this point I still was thinking Deadwood might be fun
The town, at high noon
No gunfights today.
Deadwood is fun if you want to go play slot machines in very dark places. EVERY single place we went to, every place we passed had slot machines. We could not find a place to eat that was not in a bar with slot machines. I would have loved to have found a place that was wild west themed to eat, without slots. We could not find it.
We ended up at a place called the Pump House, or something like that. They were small, open air in a former gas station. Grilled cheese and BLTs. We got some food and were on our way.
On the map, I read that we were within about 11 miles of the Geographic Center of the United States. Since we were so close, we really should not miss it.
It is in the town of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. I like this stuff!
This little house was next to the marker
A view of the inside. Love the signature quilt!
I remember it not being so nice. I thought maybe I was thinking of something else. Well, it turns out that the original marker I saw was 20 miles outside of town. They moved it in 2007. The original was in a pasture. You had to go down a bumpy dirt road and try not to step in the cowpies. For the sake of the traveling public it got moved. It is a much nicer location. They also have a small museum too.
We stopped for gas and then got caught by a train! Very fun
8.38 gallons @$3.57
What is looming in the distance !!
On the ring road.
It is HUGE!
He loves his hat!
Working on his Jr. Ranger badge
Being sworn in. He loves the ceremony of it all, and the fact he gets a badge!
In front of the TeePee
If before we had Prairie Dog City this is Prairie Dog Metropolis! They had no fear of us. They kept away only about 3 feet. There are 8 Prairie dogs in this photo with Lon.
A view of half of Prairie Dog Metropolis
The other half is across the street, behind me.
We stopped for the night in Buffalo
We had a great steak dinner at the Bozeman Trail Steak House. They had a history bit on the back of the dessert menu. I read it aloud to the table. The waitress gave us directions to the small grocery store in town, since Garmin was directing us up to Sheridan to go shopping. Lon remembered the entire route. We did not. Lon was the star of the show for getting us there so we could stock up on water for tomorrow. It was 100 today.
9.20 gallons @$ 3.49