The museum originated with the donation of a collection of fossils, rocks and minerals donated to the Dakota School of Mines in 1885. Although there are specimens from throughout the world, the real stars of the exhibit were found and collected in South Dakota and surrounding states. Specimens from the Black Hills as well as from the High Plains include a Brontothere, shown in the first image above, the extinct relative of horses, tapirs and rhinoceroses, which was found in the Badlands. There is also a triceratops skull, and the fossil remains of an ancient sea creature.
On Wednesdays the special is one of their fantastic hamburgers, complete with fries, for $5.00. John let me take a picture of his before he dived in, and you can see what was left after we finished!
We enjoyed the excellent museum on the site, as well as a native dance presentation by a distant relative of Crazy Horse.
For several days last week we enjoyed the company of two very neat couples from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We shared stories around the campfire and renewed our interest in visiting the states bordering the Great Lakes. We were sad to say goodbye to Carolyn and Tom and their "pack," Walker and two tiny white toy poodles,
and to Dean and Mary Lou and their Pebbles.
Tom and Dean are brothers, and both couples enjoy RVing, especially "boondocking" in interesting places they find. We hope not only to visit them next year in the "UP" but to camp in some of the boondocking sites they told us about. Travel safe, Friends.