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Historic Places in South Dakota


Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

11149 U.S. Hwy. 16
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: (605) 673-8300
Description: Immerse yourself within the third longest cave in the world. With over 200 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity. Its splendor is revealed through fragile formations and glimpses of brilliant color. Its maze of passages lure explorers, and its scientific wealth remains a mystery. This resource is truly a jewel in the National Park Service.
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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota

24545 Cottonwood Road
Philip, SD 57567
Phone: (605) 433-5552
Description: During the Cold War, a vast arsenal of nuclear missiles were placed in the Great Plains. Hidden in plain sight, for thirty years 1,000 missiles were kept on constant alert; hundreds remain today. The Minuteman Missile remains an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. It holds the power to destroy civilization, but is meant as a nuclear deterrent to maintain peace and prevent war.
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

13000 Highway 244
Keystone , SD 57751
Phone: (605) 574-2523
Description: Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share
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