Hot Springs, South Dakota: Future 50-Foot-Long Woolly Mammoth

When completed this hilltop Mammoth will be the largest in the world, three times life-size, which was already mammoth.

Address:
US Hwy 385, Hot Springs, SD
Directions:
At the junction of US Hwy 385 and Hwy 79, about five miles southeast of Hot Springs. On the north side of US Hwy 385 just west of the junction, set back a distance on a hilltop. For a closer view drive into the Shell station, go to the left, and then follow the dirt road that leads toward the hill.
Admission:
Free, donations welcomed.
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Future 50-Foot-Long Woolly Mammoth

A giant Woolly Mammoth is being built just outside of Hot Springs, near the Mammoth Dig Site. It is three times life-size. So far it is about 15 feet tall, built up to its chest. When it is finished it is believed that it will be the world's tallest Woolly Mammoth. It will be 50 feet long long, 36 feet tall, with 22.5-foot-long tusks and footprints that would be 16 feet around. The construction is being done as funds are raised (The sculptor jokes that they plan on being finished with the sculpture "before Crazy Horse"). Folks who visit now can say to their grandkids, "I saw it before it was finished, and now look at it."

[Heather Rubald, 06/26/2014]

Sculptor Gary DuChateau has been slowly building the Mammoth over several years.


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