Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

On November 9, 1992, South Dakota officially dropped its monicker as “The Sunshine State” and became known as “The Mount Rushmore State.” As chronicled by the Black Hills Pioneer, then…
On September 17, 1937, the face of Abraham Lincoln was the third presidential likeness completed on Mount Rushmore. The face of Thomas Jefferson was completed just one year earlier, while…
In August 1924, South Dakota Department of History Superintendent Doane Robinson invited Gutzon Borglum to the Black Hills to discuss a “heroic sculpture of unusual character.” In a letter to…
On August 30th, 1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt attended the dedication ceremony for the head Thomas Jefferson’s at Mount Rushmore. According to South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Roosevelt was already in the region…
To date, more tourists have visited the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 2017 than at the same time last year. According to KOTA News, attendance has increased 1.1 percent from…
On August 11, 1952 a commemorative stamp of Mount Rushmore was released by the United States Postal Service in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the monument.…
Beginning on August 28, 2017 the fee for the senior citizen lifetime national park pass will increase from $10 to $80, reports KOTA News. The fee was increased through the…
On May 2, 1943, Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie gave an impassioned speech at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Willkie spoke critically of individuals with a “get mine” attitude concerning…
In 2016, 4.5 million individuals visited national parks within South Dakota, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Mount Rushmore National Memorial drew the largest number of visitors at 2.4 million, followed…
In the final days of February 1929, exactly one week before leaving office, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill allocating $250,000 to the ambitious task of carving the figures of…
October 31 marked the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore, as reported by TIME Magazine. Although the monument did not resemble sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s original model at the…
A team of preservation experts from the National Parks Service is currently laying new tracking equipment across Mount Rushmore. The Rapid City Journal reports that the purpose of the new…
The National Park Service (NPS) recently accepted the bid of Colorado-based company, Xanterra Parks and Resorts Inc. Xanterra and NPS entered into a ten-year contract in which Xanterra will be responsible…
Tourists have been visiting the Black Hills in greater numbers than last year, reports KOTA. Visitors to the Badlands National Park show the largest increase in numbers, with a 16%…
The Partners in Preservation Campaign, a program funded by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, are allowing people to vote on which historic site inside a national park…
The Rapid City Journal has published a complete listing of all events happening across the Black Hills region from Memorial Day through September. With the 75th anniversary of Mount Rushmore…
A chemical commonly found in fireworks has likely contaminated water and soil near Mount Rushmore National Memorial, researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey have found. The chemical, perchlorate, is attributed…
Twelve years into the carving of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, sculptor Korzack Ziolkowski left his home in the Boston area for South Dakota, reported the Christian Science Monitor on May…
Fourteen years after he began carving Mount Rushmore, sculptor Gutzon Borglum died at age 73 in Chicago after surgery. The son of Mormon Danish immigrants, Danish-American Gutzon Borglum was born…
An environmental impact statement is underway for a 15-mile connector trail between the George S. Mickelson Trail and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, according to a news release from the state…
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