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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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'We have come here to dedicate a cornerstone laid by the hand of the Almighty. ...The union of these four presidents carved on the face of the everlasting Black Hills of South Dakota ... will be distinctly American in its conception, in its magnitude, in its meaning. ... No one can look upon it without realizing it is a picture of hope fulfilled.'

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum and President Calvin Coolidge had a rocky relationship (so to speak).

Even before Borglum had begun the carving of Mount Rushmore, he had annoyed the 30th president. Back in 1924, when Borglum was promoting his plan to carve Stone Mountain, Ga., into a Confederate memorial, he persuaded Coolidge to support a plan to mint special 50-cent coins to help raise money for the project. The coins were minted, but Borglum abandoned the project.

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