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Kevin Costner's Lakota Bison Jump @ Deadwood Resort, South Dakota

Updated on March 19, 2012
Lakota Bison Jump
Lakota Bison Jump
Kevin Costner and friends
Kevin Costner and friends

Movie stars tend to become involved in things that they shouldn't. What propels this is with so much excess money ($15 million a movie), they spend it on issues that are dear to their hearts for whatever reason. It must be nice!

Kevin Costner's passion seems to be with the American Indians, to wit: Dances with Wolves, the award winning movie about the West in the 1800's. Around time of when the movie was made, Kevin funded an incredible set of bronze statutes depicting Indians chasing buffalo off of a cliff and Peggy Detmers would create them. The statues were planned to be the centerpiece of a luxury hotel to be built called the Dunbar, in Deadwood, South Dakota.

That was 20 years ago. The statues are quite superb and lifelike. Each piece of this large collection weighs one ton and is life size replicas of the animals. Some are 17 ft. tall and 20 ft. long. The whole project consumed nine years starting in 1994. She was paid $310,000. The Dunbar resort was to have occupied 1000 acres and cost $100 million. The actual cost of the statues ran close to $1,000,000. Of course, to Costner, who was also funding the whole project, this was insignificant. In 2000, Costner promised that if the Dunbar resort was not built by 2010, Ms. Detmers would get 50% of the proceeds from the statues sale.

In June, 2003, the exhibit, which is stunning, was opened to the public on the site of the Dunbar site, earning a little income. Ms. Detmers ended up working at a local furniture store and she is taking Costner to court over this promise.

As of 2012, the Dunbar Resort has not even broke ground. But, revenue is made from those wanting to see the large statute exhibit. Detmers wants the statues sold. Costner still claims his Dunbar Resort may still be built.

I think Costner should sell it to South Dakota, then split the profits with Detmers. This way, they are maintained forever by the State, Costner can put this behind him and Detmers will get what was promised. The statues will be available to the public.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      I think the statues are simply amazing.

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      Interesting hub. Thank you.