|My father poses with my siblings and me; I don't think I've worn red socks since.|
I hope to see it again myself one of these years.
In addition to the four giant heads of the Presidents up on the mountain, there was the "fifth face" of Mt. Rushmore – namely a Sioux Indian named Ben Black Elk. He was sort of an unofficical ambassador for his Lakota people. According to this story, for more than 27 years until his death in 1973, he posed for photos in front of the monument. It was a way of providing for his family, and the tourists loved having their picture taken with him.
Here's our shot with Ben Black Elk. I really do remember that day!
He was such a celebrity that you could even get a postcard with his face on it.
****Another attraction on our South Dakota trip included our trip through Badlands National Park. And for a change, my mother managed to get in front of the camera instead of always being behind it!
But next to Mt. Rushmore, the best thing about the South Dakota trip was Deadwood – home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Now in 1965, there were no casinos, modern motels, etc like there is now. Deadwood was still kind of a rough place and a really authentic Western town.
There were a lot of touristy things to see, including the Ghosts of Deadwood Gulch Historic Wax Museum (below).
I remember that we saw the Trial of Jack McCall live stage show (below).
|My siblings and I in front of Wild Bill's grave. Calamity Jane's is right behind it.|
And for the climax of the trip, we saw an authentic rodeo: the Days of '76, held in Deadwood on August 6, 7 and 8 in 1965.
Here's the program to prove it (below)!