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memorial-view-cemeteryIf you are going to die -- and do we have a choice? -- there are worse places to spend eternity than Keystone's Memorial View Cemetery.

Perched on a hillside just south of town, the cemetery offers a great view of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (In fact, back when Mount Rushmore used to put on an Independence Day fireworks show, local residents and savvy tourists gathered at the cemetery for one of the best, most uncrowded views of the show anywhere.)

 

Biker carvingBelieve it.

Keystone’s very own chainsaw artist, Jarrett Dahl, has sold one of his carvings to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. The piece, a fanciful portrayal that looks like part soaring eagle, part motorcycle, has attracted a lot of attention at its perch in front of Dahl’s Chainsaw Art shop in Keystone. Now it's going to be attracting a lot more attention at Ripley's in Orlando, Fla.

burro623When you go to Custer State Park, they tell you to keep a safe distance from the bison. -- the lumbering beasts that walk the roads with that "leave-me-alone" demeanor. It's easy to see why.

But they don't tell you keep your distance from the park's roaming herd of burros. I'm not sure it's possible to keep your distance from these guys. To say the burros are friendly would be an understatement. Not only do they come running when a car pulls over, they poke their enormous heads right in the window. One woman told me once that a burro actually tried to climb into her minivan.

The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup is an awe-inspiring experience that you will never forget. When some 1,300 bison come galloping across the hillside, it simply takes your breath away. After they are safely corralled, you can walk to the fence and get a close-up look at these magnificent beasts.

nicolasOK, the producers of "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" took a few liberties with the Black Hills geography. But it's still a great movie, and Keystone was proud to host the cast and crew during filiming in 2007. The film starred Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren and Diane Kruger, and the stars were spotted at coffee shops and visitor attractions all around the region. 

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