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Rapid City, South Dakota: Dakotah the Buffalo with Bonus Mini-Art

A life-size buffalo made of rusty junk by John Lopez hides other sculptures within it, including several South Dakota animals and a mini Mount Rushmore.

Dakotah Steakhouse

1325 N. Elk Vale Rd, Rapid City, SD
Dakotah Steakhouse. I-90 exit 61, southwest side. The buffalo is not visible from the road; you have to drive to the steakhouse entrance.
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Buffalo with Mount Rushmore attachment.

Metal Buffalo Sculpture

"Dakotah" is a life-size metal buffalo that cleverly hides nine other bronze castings, including Mt. Rushmore, four buffalo, a pronghorn antelope, and a mountain lion. There is also a life-size bald eagle flying next to the buffalo's shoulder. Crafted by local artist John Lopez, "Dakotah" symbolizes the true spirit of the West and is the ideal steward to welcome guests to Dakotah Steakhouse. [Tori Armstrong, 08/28/2018]

Junk art buffalo.

Buffalo Made of Junk

Big sculpture of a buffalo in front of the Dakotah Steakhouse. It is made from parts of old appliances and various junk, but altogether looks really cool.

[Stacy Barnes, 04/28/2014]

The buffalo, by local artist John Lopez, is named "Dakotah" and hides other sculptures within its rusty razzle-dazzle, including a bald eagle, a mountain lion, and a miniature Mount Rushmore.

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