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Sundown Motor Court, Spearfish, South Dakota

This illustration shows an idealized view of the motel known as the Sundown Motor Court in Spearfish, South Dakota.

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The description states:

SUNDOWN MOTOR COURTS

All new modern cabins – Some with cooking facilities – 26 units in all. Open year round. On highway 14 & 85 in Spearfish, South Dakota. Phone 28

–As one might imagine, a two digit phone number is indicative of a very small town with limited phone service at the time of this postcard. The city of Spearfish is located near the head of Spearfish Canyon, at the northern edge of the Black Hills National Forest.

This card was used and is dated 23 June 1954.

Badlands National Monument, South Dakota

This image shows the treeless and often barren ground as well as the naked rock formations of hills and mountains that make up large portions of Badlands National Monument in South Dakota.

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The description states:

SCENE IN BAD LANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, S. DAK.

These colorful desert mountains have been backgrounds to recent Hollywood Technicolor movie productions. Scene between Wall and Cedar Pass, S. Dak.

–The monument was upgraded to National Park status in 1978. These stark locations have been the site of not only the more predictable Western films, but also of science fiction films seeking an alien looking landscape.

This card was used and is dated 25 August 1954

Cathedral Spires, South Dakota

This image shows the eroded and exposed mountain peaks that have been given the appellation Cathedral Spires, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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The description states:

CATHEDRAL SPIRES ON NEEDLES DRIVE

BLACK HILLS, SOUTH DAKOTA

–These eroded formations are located within the Black Hills National Forest, which was established at the end of the 19th Century by William McKinley.

This card was used and is dated 10 August 1955.