You would think that an international icon like Mount Rushmore would have been named for an individual whose contributions to the development of the West merited such an honor. Pikes Peak is named for explorer Zebulon Pike. Terry Peak is named for the Civil War hero Gen. Alfred Terry.
That’s not the case for Mount Rushmore. It was named for Charles E. Rushmore, a New York attorney who was sent to Dakota Territory in 1884 to do some legal work. One day he and Bill Challis were headed to back to camp, and Rushmore asked if that rock outcropping over there had a name.
Nestled in the Beautiful Black Hills a short distance from Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone is an attraction in itself. We have so much more than lodging, dining and shopping — although we have plenty of all three.
In the Keystone area, you can ride a chairlift, play miniature golf, ride horseback, take a helicopter ride, pet cute little critters, ride a vintage passenger train, explore a cave, experience gravity gone crazy, see all of our presidents in wax, catch a magic act and get lost in a mirror maze. Or make Keystone your home base for day trips to Custer State Park, Wind Cave, the Badlands, Crazy Horse Memorial and Jewel Cave.
Did you know there’s a secret tunnel behind the Mount Rushmore carving? Sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s grand plan was to create a Hall of Records, a large room carved into the granite rock face behind the carving. The room would be a place where future generations could learn and understand why these four men were honored in this way. It would be an indelible history of America, carved into granite.
However, his vision for the Hall of Records was not realized. Not completely, and not for more that 50 years.
Have family coming for the holidays and want to dispatch a case of cabin fever? Send them to Keystone for some last-minute holiday shopping or a day of sight-seeing in the wintery Black Hills.
But that could change at any second in Keystone. With our altitude and the nature of Black Hills weather patterns, we are blessed with the occasional Chinook wind in the middle of winter.
Chinooks can range from a gentle puff of warm air to a rush of heat. They always bring a significant change in temperature.
How significant? Spearfish, to the north of Keystone, has held the world record for temperature change for more than seven decades. On the morning of Jan. 22, 1943, the temperature in Spearfish rose from -4 degrees to +45 degrees in just two minutes. That's a 49-degree change. Drivers had to stop in the middle of the street because their windshields suddenly frosted over.
A few flakes of snow were visible today, not an unexpected sight in the Black Hills of South Dakota on Nov. 18. But snow does stir the heart, because the Black Hills are as much fun in the winter as they are in the summer. More fun, a few diehard souls would argue.
Sunday Mass: 8:00 am
Tuesday Mass: 5:30 pm
Wednesday Mass: 7:30 am
Confessions prior to Mass.
Moving People to the Heart of Christ ~ We are a mission parish nestled in the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota, located in the town of Keystone, home of Mount Rushmore, and host to many visitors. How may we serve you?
Sunday Service: May–September 9am, September–May 10am
Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, founded in 1895, and serving the community from the same historic building since 1896, invites all to take part in our 2010 events. The service is traditional but informal. The Lord’s Supper is observed the first Sunday of each month. All events are held at the Church building unless noted otherwise. Tours of the building can be arranged. Come visit us anytime!
The Church is located one block north of Highway 40 (up the hill from the Big Thunder Gold Mine) in Old Keystone at 402 Blair Street. It’s one of the featured sites on the “Keystone Walking Tour.”
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
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Locally owned business since 2008. You're Gonna Love Our Stores! Featuring over 75 t-shirt designs and many other Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore souvenirs, Officially licensed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally merchandise, Black Hills Gold and Silver jewelry, Head ‘N’ Home Leather Hats (Made in America), Minnetonka Moccasins and Sandals, South Dakota Wines, and a penny machine. Also various animal mounts and furs are for sale.
If we were forced to pick a favorite month for a drive in the Black Hills of South Dakota, we would be very tempted to pick October. The mountain air is crisp and fresh-smelling. The weather is pleasantly cool. And the aspen trees are putting on their annual show.
The American Bus Association named the upcoming Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup the top U.S. event for visitors. We couldn’t agree more.
Custer State Park has a herd of some 1,300 bison. But since the park spans 71,000 acres, the free-roaming bison do what they do best — roam. Visitors can usually spot small groups and fairly large herds lolling around the meadows and open areas of the park.