Wednesday, June 29, 2005
While at Mitchell, we visited the Corn Palace and the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. The Indian Village was awesome. We saw a movie and then were given a tour of the Village. The village has an Archeodome which allows archeologists to dig year round. They believe that this Indian Village hosted 80 to 100 lodges. They have set up a lodge that you can enter. If you ever get to Mitchell, you must visit this Village.
Friday, June 24, 2005
We visited Chief Crazy Horse Monument. This is a must see. Besides the monument, you can view a 20 minute film about it, a museum, the sculptor's studio, Indian cultural center, and other things. This first blast for this monument took place on June 3, 1948. This is larger than Mt. Rushmore, in fact, the faces of the presidents will fit in the head of Chief Crazy Horse. At night they have a laser show which is a must see. It is really great. The face is 9 stories high, the horse's head will be 22 stories high. When Crazy Horse was asked where his people were, his reply was, "My lands are where my dead lie buried." The monument shows Crazy Horse pointing to his lands.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Today we visited the Minuteman Missile National Park. This is a new park opened up only two years ago. As of now the two hour tour is free. It is a misnomer that the missiles were a secret; their locations could be seen from the highway and by satellite if the Russians or anyone else wanted to look. This missile, the Minuteman II could be deployed in remote unstaffed underground silos and launched by crews stationed at launch control facilities miles away. They were designed to travel over the North Pole and arrive at targets thirty minutes after the launch command was given, its 1.2 megaton warhead carried the explosive equivilent of over one million tons of dynamite. This facility is set up to preserve Delta-09 - launch facility and Delta-01, a launch control facility. Our tour guides were two men who had worked at the site when they were in the airforce.
Take a close look at the message. This is the 800 lb. door that closed behind the two men who were in the missile command center. Two men had to be in the center at one time. They did not trust one man alone. The center had a bed for someone to sleep in, a tv, one holer, and all the communications you could think of. These two men were in charge of 10 minuteman missles. During a crisis, they could possibly be down there for more than 24 hours straight.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
We chose a great day for our visit. If you click on the pictures, they will get larger. We learned that the monument was not really finished because the sculptor died before it was complete. He had planned to have Lincoln holding onto his collar with his left hand. If you look closely, you can see that they started on the knucles of the hand and the top of the collar and that Lincoln is missing his left ear.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Indians tell that there were 8 children at play, 7 sisters and 1 brother. Suddenly, there was the boy became a bear. The sisters ran and the bear chased them until they reached a stump of a great tree. The tree spoke to them and the sisters climbed it. The tree began to rise into the air. The bear reared up and scored the bark all around with its claws. The 7 sisters were borne into the sky and became the stars of the "Big Dipper."