Mt. Rushmore is reopened
Published: Thursday, October 17th, 2013
On Monday, Oct. 14, tourists took advantage of being the first to see the monument up close during the government shutdown that began Oct. 1.
Nearly two weeks after the federal government shutdown first went into effect, forcing national parks across the US to close, partners within South Dakota united to re-open the state’s top tourist attraction.
For a state that has come to depend on the tourist revenue generated by its national parks and monuments, the federal government shutdown could have a significant impact on the state’s second-largest industry.
In an attempt to heed these concerns, on Friday, Oct. 11, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that he had reached an agreement with the National Park Service to re-open Mt. Rushmore National Monument on Monday, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m.
“Visitors from around the world come to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore, and I’m pleased that our nation’s Shrine to Democracy will be re-opened,” said Daugaard. “I appreciate the willingness of the National Park Service to partner with us to operate the monument.”
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