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The carrillon at Carrillon Park, Dayton, Ohio.
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Dayton's Carrillon Park has the most complete collection of National Cash Register machines in the world, all in one museum.
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Grandma Bert "kisses the bricks" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the famous Indy 500 race.
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The 1914 Indianapolis winning car.
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The museum was closed when we visited; however, many aircraft outdoors could be photographed through the fence. Here Grandpa and Noah pose after learning the museum was open only several days a week.
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This animal seen at the Peoria, Illinois, Glen Oak Park zoo is called a Takin, a creature found in Japan. They are as large as a cow, if not a bit larger.
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Lioness at the Peoria zoo.
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Realistic, full-scale diorama of early trading days at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Noah's favorite place we visited.
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Noah petting stingrays at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.
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Bert with her good friend, Mark Twain, at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
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Old dredging boat now on permanent display at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Visitors are allowed on board to tour all parts of the boat.
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The fighting Sullivan Brothers at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. The Sullivan Brothers all died on the same day in 1942 when their ship was sunk during World War II. Their deaths were the cause of a new Federal law providing for "sole surviving son" status which meant the last surviving son of any family could not go into combat. The law, however, was not adopted until 1948.
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Recreation of "River City, Iowa," in Mason City, hometown of Meredith Wilson who wrote the well-known musical "The Music Man."
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Scupture "76 Trombones" at Musicman Square, one of the permanent sculptures on display in the "Sculptures on Display" walk in Mason City, Iowa. Each year the city purchases one of the 50 or more sculptures being displayed for permanent display in the city.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A fairly nice zoo.
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Sandhill Crane at the Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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The Great Plains Zoo also had a wonderful display of suffed animals in its indoor museum.
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The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. The only one in the world.
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The Corn Palace is actually a sports arena decorated with corn inside and out. When there are no events taking place, they open up the souvenier stands for visitors.
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As you drive onto the Badlands National Park loop road, you pass the only sod house still in existence in the country. The owners gradually added on to it before leaving in 1908.
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The Badlands
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Bears on the loose in Bear Country, a marvelous drive-through natural zoo. Car occupants are warned to keep windows closed.
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Feeding the alligators at Reptile Gardens.
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Mount Rushmore
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View through the narrow tunnel on the Needles Highway, Custer State Park, just before the parking for the Cathedral Spires trailhead.
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The view along the Cathredral Spires hiking trail along the Needles Highway in Custer State Park, South Dakota.
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Grandson Noah poses along the Cathredral Spires hiking trail.
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Wild Bill Hickock's grave.
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Touring the Broken Boot goldmine near Deadwood, South Dakota.
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Near the visitor's center for the Wind Cave National Park we finally saw more than one bison at a time. Notice in the clear space at the top, just left of center, there is a wolf visible against the open sky. We did not see the wolf while taking the photos.
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Remains of mammoth at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, where work at recovering the remains of these ancient mammals is on-going and can be viewed by visitors.
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Photo taken by grandson Noah at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs of Grandma and Grandpa.
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Crazy Horse monument, under construction for decades, will be the largest in the world if ever completed. No taxpayer money is used for construction of the monument.
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Lakota hoop dancer entertains at the Crazy Horse Monument visitors' center.
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The jewel-like formations in Jewel Cave give this national mounument its name.
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Grandma Bert's photograph of the Black Hills as seen from a helicopter.
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Mt. Rushmore as viewed from our helicopter flight.
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Grandpa Roy, Noah and Grandma Bert pose after their helicopter flight.
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The Fort Laramie Iron Bridge, built in 1875, is now only used by hikers. Vehicular traffic is not allowed.
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Preparing to live-fire a Napoleon cannon, a type used during the American Civil War, at Fort Laramie.
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Scene at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.
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These old Oregon Trail wagon ruts were worn into the stone by the hundreds of wagons following the trail here near Guernsey, Wyoming, are a registered National Historic Landmark.
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The Wyoming Territorial Prison, the only prison that ever held Butch Cassidy.
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Home of the largest railroad marshalling yard in the world, North Platte, Nebraska.
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The visitors' tower overlooks the marshalling yards at North Platte, Nebraska.
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A small section of the yards.
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Strategic Air Command museum, now in Ashland, Nebraska. Grandpa Roy felt the old outdoor museum near Offutt Air Force Base was nicer, which he and Grandma Bert visited in 1983.
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Lauritzen's Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska.
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The Omaha Zoo is listed as the second of the top ten zoos for 2017. Grandpa Roy felt it was a very poor zoo and has no idea how it can be rated so highly. High artificial stones blocked most views of outdoor animal displays and the small viewing areas were so crowded, it was impossible to get near the openings to look for the animals. There were no drinking fountains, they expected one to pay $2.50 for a bottle of water.
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Trench warfare, a part of a full-scale diorama at the National World War I museum.
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A few of the toys on display at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri.
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Statue along the Mississippi River in St. Louis commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
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Noah heads out on his first horseback ride at the famous Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Grandpa Roy also rode, but Grandma Bert did not.
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Inside the long-closed coal mine, now a museum, at Beckley, West Virginia.
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What the living room of the mine superintendent's home may have looked like early in the 20th century at the Beckley, West Virginia, coal mine.