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Al & Dottie Mt. Rushmore

By: Al Skierkiewicz
New: 07-17-2009 02:54 PM
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Al & Dottie Mt. Rushmore

Our most recent vacation was to the Black Hills, Badlands, Deadwood, Devil's Tower and Custer's Last Stand Monument. Here is a view of the monument before GreenPeace climbed it. You may see a wire going up to Teddy Roosevelt's forehead. That is the line to carry fireworks for the 4th of July (which takes place on the 3rd so nearby towns can have their displays on the 4th.) This is for the night time lighting ceremony.

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07-17-2009 09:29 PM

EricH


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I know where that is! (I go to school at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, which happens to be right down the road in Rapid City. I understand that they help with the fireworks.)

On another note, did you do anything in Rapid City?



07-17-2009 09:37 PM

Rick TYler


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I know where that is! (I go to school at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,
Congrats, Al!

OK, for 10 bonus points, what are the other "schools of mines" in the US?



07-17-2009 09:40 PM

EricH


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Congrats, Al!

OK, for 10 bonus points, what are the other "schools of mines" in the US?
Colorado School of Mines is the only other one I know of.

For 20 bonus points, how many schools in the US still offer Mining Engineering as a major? (50 if you can name them.)



07-17-2009 10:19 PM

Mr. Pockets


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For 20 bonus points, how many schools in the US still offer Mining Engineering as a major? (50 if you can name them.)
15 colleges as of Jan. 2 2008 offered mining engineering majors.

Colorado School of Mines
Michigan Technological University
Montana Tech
Pennsylvania State University
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Arizona
University of Idaho
University of Kentucky
University of Missouri - Rolla
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Utah
Virginia Tech
West Virginia University



07-17-2009 10:58 PM

Rick TYler


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You both missed the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, which was the "New Mexico School of Mines" before they added "Technology." They do offer mining engineering, too (although they call it the department of "mineral engineering" they are ABET certified in Mining Engineering).



07-17-2009 11:06 PM

EricH


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All right, here's an extra bonus:

What schools (other than SDSM&T) offer Metallurgical Engineering?

(Note: trick question--will explain when somebody answers)



07-17-2009 11:24 PM

Mr. Pockets


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What schools (other than SDSM&T) offer Metallurgical Engineering?

(Note: trick question--will explain when somebody answers)
These all came up under searches for Metalurgical engineering majors

Colorado School of Mines
Missouri University of Science and Technology
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
The University of Alabama
Columbia University in the City of New York
University of Connecticut- Storrs
University of Nevada- Reno
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
The University of Texas at El Paso
University of Utah-Salt Lake City

Though I'm going to venture a guess that a degree in metalurgical engineering would probably go by a different name (maybe material sciences engineering).



07-17-2009 11:29 PM

EricH


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Yeah. The Metallurgical and the Materials engineering degrees are pretty much the same as far as standards/accreditation/certification. So you should also include every school with a Materials Engineering degree as well...

Also, Missouri-Rolla and Missouri Science and Technology are the same school. It changed its name.



07-18-2009 06:43 AM

GaryVoshol


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The undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering is not currently being offered at Michigan Tech. You can get a geology degree with a minor in mining. They had too few residents applying for the degree, and couldn't justify the cost if it was being spent primarily for the benefit of foreign students. The graduate programs in mining (MS, PhD) are still available.



07-19-2009 01:07 PM

Wayne C.


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I wonder if Al was looking for the secret passage to the city of gold?



07-19-2009 01:57 PM

Mr. Pockets


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I wonder if Al was looking for the secret passage to the city of gold?
Hope he remembered his water bottle ^_-



07-19-2009 06:13 PM

EricH


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He's a few miles away, then. (Let's just say that the filmmakers took some geographic liberties.)



07-20-2009 08:09 AM

Al Skierkiewicz


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Eric,
Didn't do much in Rapid City except buy a camera and some gas. Dottie's pocket cam blew off the hood of the car in the Badlands and jammed the lens. I have it apart at home now and still can't get the lens back in the right order for the software. If I feel lucky, I will try and get the lens apart but I suspect either a damaged sensor or a broken sensor activator.

Have you had a chance to get out into the Badlands? Pretty weird scenery if you don't have someone stepping off the path and getting in your way. Had this happen on more than one occasion since there is not a lot of rangers. Some people don't get the impact they can have on an environment that gets maybe 3-4 inches of rain a summer.

For those of you who don't know this...There is a secret vault behind Lincoln's head that the sculptor, Gutzom Borgland, had intended for permanent storage of archival documents. He was only able to blast in a few feet before the war effort started pulling money away. If you look at pictures of the monument you may see the outline of Washington's coat and Lincoln's hand holding the lapel of his coat. The sculpture was intended to be waist up carving that was never added.



07-20-2009 02:45 PM

EricH


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I haven't gotten out into the Badlands at all. Been by there en route to soccer games in East River (anything east of the Missouri), but didn't stop.

Another fun Rushmore fact: The faces are out of order. I believe it was Jefferson that was originally supposed to be on the left, but there was a fault in the rock that would be a big problem right there. Some order-changing later, and you have the current version.

If you come out to Rapid City again at some point, try the SD Air and Space Museum (near Ellsworth AFB) or the geological museum on the campus at SDSM&T. Also, the geographical center of the U.S. is near Belle Fourche, about an hour north of Rapid City.



07-21-2009 07:30 AM

Al Skierkiewicz


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There is also a Minuteman missile silo near the Badlands that is open for view. There are special interior tours available only on Thursdays by reservation. We weren't there on Thursday so we skipped it this time. There is (was) also an installation in Sundance, WY, near Devil's Tower. We needed a few more days!



07-22-2009 07:46 AM

Al Skierkiewicz


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Eric,
Went to Belle Fourche and saw the representation of the geographic center (including Alaska and Hawaii) downtown. The actual is in a field outside of town behind some barbed wire. We opted for breakfast instead of the travel. The Belle Fourche River winds around Devil's Tower after it passes through town and meanders through the countryside. I have a stunning photo of sunset over Devil's Tower I might upload later.
With a another day, we would have driven all the roads in the Black Hills. I wanted to get over to Hill City but we ran out of time after a missed turn coming out of Deadwood. If you aren't careful in Leeds, a wrong turn will take you all the way around the Homestead Mine and in the back door of Deadwood. I highly recommend a drive up to the top of Mt. Coolidge to the fire tower lookout inside Custer State Park. You can see Mt. Rushmore, Needles, most of the Black Hills, the Air Force base, and the Badlands on a clear day. It gives you a great geologic viewpoint on the area.



07-22-2009 02:49 PM

EricH


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My parents and I went up to the Hills last summer, when I was going back to school. Admittedly, we only stayed in the area a couple days (then they went home and I stayed), but we came in via Devil's Tower and Belle Fourche, then spent the next day moving me into my dorm, doing laundry, and driving a bit. Saw Crazy Horse from a distance, went to the Wild Horse Sanctuary (southern Black Hills), and went up to Dinosaur Park in Rapid. (It's highly visible; look for the dinosaurs on the skyline.) As it was raining, we didn't get out of the car there--we went hunting for dinner instead.

We also went to a place or two on campus.

But the last time they were both there, we went out to Rushmore, then drove a particular road that has two or three places with a direct view of the monument. Not only that, but there aren't any trees blocking the way...



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