Keystone, SD (1/2)

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead: 514 miles

Mount Rushmore

One of the most famous symbols and attractions in America is the Mount Rushmore National Monument. Coincidentally, the monument lies three miles away from Downtown Keystone. It is that attraction alone that has made Keystone such a densely visited area in South Dakota. Originally, it was to depict American West figures like Lewis and Clark, but it was ultimately decided that four presidents would be featured on the monument. Now, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln keep a watchful eye over the city of Keystone. Their presence has also turned that city into a massive tourist destination.

Big Thunder Gold Mine

Another major attraction to those visiting Keystone is the Big Thunder Gold Mine. Taking place in an original gold mine, a tour is designed to give you the most accurate and comprehensive mining experience in the Black Hills. You will get a hands-on look at the Gold Rush that took place in the Black Hills from 1876 to 1914. Along with this, you will do your own gold panning which will result in you taking home some gold of your own.

The National PresidentialWax Museum

Would you ever want to see Franklin D. Roosevelt or George W. Bush in the flesh? At the National Presidential Wax Museum, you have that opportunity, kind of. The museum features every President, as well as several other wax figures. In total, the museum features 96 wax figures and with a self-guided tour, you can see them all.

Written by Nolan P. Schmidt

Nolan is the Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated and Future Farmer publications. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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