Items filtered by date: March 2018 - Keystone

One of our favorite annual events is coming to Keystone. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 8 to Aug. 14, brings thousands of motorcycles to downtown Keystone.

Mount Rushmore is on just about every biker’s bucket list. And motorcyclists love the Old West boardwalk -- a great place for equal measures of bike watching and people watching. You can put your feet up and watch the world go by.

And in Keystone, we treat bikers the way they want to be treated. We’re still a family destination, and bikers appreciate that. No live music blaring. No navel whiskey shots. No wall-to-wall T-shirt tents. Just a good, relaxing break from the road.

Speaking of the road, Keystone is a great jumping-off point for some of the greatest Black Hills rides. The list includes:

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Mount Rushmore has two big birthdays this year. First, the National Park Service turns 100 years old. And Mount Rushmore National Memorial celebrates the 75th anniversary of its completion.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:49

Elk Ridge Bed & Breakfast

Nestled in the pines of the Black Hills forest is our cozy inn with lots of western charm. This quiet valley will take you back to a time when life was more serene. Come enjoy our incredible view of Mount Rushmore and the Cathedral Spires.

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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 17:50

Picture yourself in Keystone

What do Jackalopes, a honey pot, a stuffed buffalo, a wax Obama and a dragon have in common? They are among the items in the Keystone Summer Kickoff photographic scavenger hunt on Saturday and Sunday. We have great prizes for those who can get the most points for scavenger hunt photos.

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Monday, 11 April 2016 11:14

The facts about flax

Blue flax is one of the most common flowers found at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the meadows around Keystone in late spring and early summer. Native Americans added seeds from this plant to their food for added flavor.

Wild flax, often called pale flax, is a cousin of the cultivated flax that has been grown for thousands of years to produce linseed oil and linen fabrics.

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 09:47

Keystone Mercantile

A new retail concept featuring quality merchandise for the discerning traveler.  Emphasizing regional and Made in the USA goods, we have unique momentos, toys and travel games, jewelry, beautiful gifts and distinctive curios for your home, plus a huge closeout section with apparel for all ages, caps, sunglasses and souvenirs.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016 15:21

'Old as the hills?' Probably not

You’ve heard the term “old as the hills”? Well, the Black Hills are pretty old. Some of the rock is estimated to be more than 2 billion years old. The granite spires west of Keystone (including Mount Rushmore) are relatively young, a mere 1.8 billion years.

"The geology of the Black Hills is complex,” according to Wikipedia. An understatement.

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Thursday, 03 March 2016 17:20


More than 90 percent of the sculpting work was done not with chisels or jackhammers, but with sticks of dynamite. The blasts removed about 450,000 tons of rock from the mountain between 1927 and 1941.

The dynamite blasted away rock and roughed out the figures to within three to six inches of the final carving surface.

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There’s an old political joke -- we first heard it during the Carter administration, but it’s been applied to every president since.

Q. Why won’t they add President ______ to Mount Rushmore?
A. There’s not enough rock for two more faces.

But there is a bit of truth to that. In fact, when sculptor Gutzon Borglum began his carving in 1927, he intended to put Jefferson to the left of Washington. In fact, crews spent time roughing in the third president’s visage to Washington’s left. But the rock surface proved unstable, and Borglum ended up blasting it off and starting again to Washington’s right.

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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 09:15

A memorial for the (many) ages

Occasionally folks will ask how long the four faces of Mount Rushmore will still be visible. After all, even the sturdiest materials eventually succumb to wind and water.

Geologists estimate that the Mount Rushmore loses about an inch of rock every 10,000 years, so Mount Rushmore will likely be around for some time.

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