Mount Rushmore to Reopen

Posted at: 10/12/2013 8:48 AM | Updated at: 10/12/2013 9:06 AM

Mount Rushmore National Monument will reopen on Monday after donors stepped forward to help reopen South Dakota's best-known attraction.

Because of the partial government shutdown, states have to foot the bill to open national parks.  South Dakota said the National Park Service was charging the state $15,200 per day to operate the monument.

Mount Rushmore will reopen Monday at 8 a.m. Mountain time.

Elsewhere, Arizona and New York have reached deals with the Interior Department to reopen Grand Canyon National Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument.


The state of South Dakota provided the following list of donors who are "buying a day" of operation of Mount Rushmore:

  • The Mount Rushmore Society
  • Rapid City CVB / BID Board
  • Black Hills Central Reservations
  • West River Foundation
  • Lawrence & Schiller
  • Lantis Enterprises, Inc.
  • Neiman Enterprises, Inc.
  • J. Scull Construction Service, Inc.
  • Avera Health
  • First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard
  • MDU Resources
  • Sanford Health
  • ISIS Hospitality
  • Wall Drug
  • One anonymous donor

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