MOUNT RUSHMORE REOPENS, LACK OF FED HELP DRAWS PROTESTERS

Posted 1 year ago

By John Axtell

Mount Rushmore_Wikipedia ImageMount Rushmore National Memorial, closed since the first of the month by the federal shutdown, reopened today…thanks to the state of South Dakota and corporate donors.

The state is paying the National Park Service the full daily cost of NPS staffers operating the facility…$15,200…but with 14 donors each agreeing to sponsor one day.

The list includes Mount Rushmore Society, Wall Drug, the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sanford Health and Avera Health.

Announcement of the deal Sunday didn’t keep demonstrators from turning out to protest the lack of federal help to keep Mount Rushmore open.

They organized in Keystone, then traveled the 3 miles up to the memorial’s entrance by car and on horseback. Protest organizer Jeff Johnson says people are happy the monument is reopening, but not very pleased about how that came about.