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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…
Former state legislator Stan Adelstein wants to build an access road to his remote property near Keystone, but several neighbors are contending that he has not offered any significant negotiations…
After a record breaking 2015 summer of tourism for South Dakota, state officials are already planning for next summer. According to the Rapid City Journal article, 2015 brought tens of…
The National Park Service is receiving proposals to consolidate two separate contracts into a single ten year contract regulating parking, food, beverage, and retail operations at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.…
On June 4, a naturalization ceremony for 184 new Americans was held at Mount Rushmore, witnessed by approximately 700 people. According to a KOTA article, the Mount Rushmore Society sponsored the…
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