As I drove into South Dakota I was treated to some beautiful and unusual terrain. The Black Hills, the Badlands, and plains. In a town named Keystone I had my first taste of buffalo meat. I'm not a big meat eater, but I had to try it once. Very tasty. It's much lower in fat and cholesteral than beef. I also picked up a few gifts in a shop there. Very fairly priced American Indian made jewelry. I also crossed the Missouri River again just outside of Pierre.

The Black Hills of South Dakota

A waterfall into the Fall River in
downtown Hot Springs, SD

Rock formations like this one are
all over the Black Hills

Rock diving into the Fall River

A nearby lake

A tunnel through the rock

The Missouri River

The state capitol in Pierre, SD

South Dakota's Replica Liberty Bell
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

The first school house in Pierre, SD

Another Black Hills Rock Formation
Click here to see The Badlands N.P. Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse

Music is "South Dakota"

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