Custer, South Dakota: Black Hills Holy Land (Closed)

Was on Hwy 16/385 between Hill City and Custer, north of Crazy Horse and on the East side of the road.

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Black light painting.

Black Hills Holy Land - Closed

This was the most ridiculous and pathetic tourist trap in the Black Hills. The outcroppings of granite bedrock there tend to have vertical and horizontal cracks in them. Naturally, these cracks will "cross" often and form natural "crosses" in the rock. This one is a crooked crucifix, which you can see from the road (look up the mountain). Since you can see it easily they couldn't really charge admission, so they just had a chapel and gift shop. Naturally, it is now closed. I remember they used to park dead cars in the parking lot to make it look popular. The billboards advertising it used to say "THE LIFE OF CHRIST"

[luther rochester, 12/14/2003]

Get thee behind me, Satan! Don't you get how an attraction like this worked? Perhaps you never actually made it into the fabulous Black Light Art Gallery of the Life of Christ, painted by the World's Fastest Artist. It's too late now -- Black Hills Holy Land closed a couple of seasons ago.

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