SD, Private Donors Pay to Reopen Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state of South Dakota and several corporate donors have worked out a deal with the National Park Service to reopen Mount Rushmore during the government shutdown.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says it will cost $15,200 a day to pay the federal government to run the landmark tourist attraction in the Black Hills.

He says he wired four days’ worth of the donations on Friday, so the memorial will reopen Monday morning.

Daugaard earlier offered to use state employees to keep Mount Rushmore open, but the federal government only offered to let the state pay for having federal employees go back to work at the Black Hills mountain carving of four presidents.


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