First stop a turkey farm what kind of birthday outing is this going to be I ask??
Not a turkey farm just where we picked up Sue. At her niece's old McDonald farm:)
We were off to Pierre for our tour. First we had to stop at the Chamber to pick up our tickets. Luck would have it that the Red Rosa was right by so we ate a very yummy lunch there.
Here we are at the mansion.
My kind of decorations
Love this one.
The Governor's office. The stones in the fireplace came from the blasting and carving of the Crazy Horse Monument. You can't see it in this picture but the stones in front of the fireplace on the floor have the drill marks where they put the explosives when they blast the rocks.
View from the office window.
Here you can see the drill marks and the ones that were green meant the Korczak Ziolkowski who started the project of carving in honor of the Lakota leader Crazy Horse drilled those. He started it in 1948. It still continues today.
View of the patio, and capitol lake.
That's how tall the fireplace is!!!
This former Governor was on the same cruise/ bus trip to Alaska that we went on!! You can thank me later for that interesting tidbit:)
The coffee table was cut from the center of a big rock dug from a farmers field! I'm glad I never had to pick rock on that farm.
Here we are with the Governor's wife Linda Daugaard. Very friendly! I wonder why she doesn't have the shoe protectors on that the rest of us wore??????
Next we walked over to the World War II Memorial, the Korean, and Vietnam War Memorials.
The fighting Stallions memorial is for the lives of 8 men including Gov George S. Mickelson who were killed in a aircraft crash on April 19, 1993.
We never spell South like that but it is like that to emphasize the Greek influence on the construction. I said their spell check wasn't working!
The story about the blue tiles in the floor is that there was 66 tile layers and they were given a blue tile to put anywhere they wanted. There has only been 55 found so maybe 10 of the men wanted to keep there's or they lost them or they could have been lost when there was some repair work done to the floor. We will probably never know.
We found 2!!
and that heart.
A day of good friends, good food,and lots of interesting things to see. Thanks......JMF......we missed you Paula:(