$8 million renovation project at Mount Rushmore underway

TODAY ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST ICONIC MONUMENT BEGINS BIG RENOVATIONS. THE PROJECT AT MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL IS GOING TO.


TODAY ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST ICONIC MONUMENT BEGINS BIG RENOVATIONS. THE PROJECT AT MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL IS GOING TO COST AROUND 8 MILLION DOLLARS, BUT WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON TOURISTS. AND MOUNT RUSHMORE TOURISM IS BIG MONEY FOR SOUTH DAKOTA. LAST YEAR, 2.3 MILLION VISITORS SPENT AN ESTIMATED $136 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE REGION. COMPARE THAT TO THE $65- MILLION BROUGHT IN BY BADLANDS. OR TO THE $149-MILLION AT ANOTHER PLACE FEATURING ABRAHAM LINCOLN- THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL! THE MONEY SPENT AT MOUNT RUSHMORE CONTRIBUTES TO MORE THAT 2-THOUSAND JOBS TO THE AREA. KELOLAND’S SYDNEY THORSON, TAKES US TO FAMOUS FACES TO EXPLAIN. IT’S DAY ONE OF CONSTRUCTION AT MOUNT RUSHMORE. THE PARK’S VISITORS’ CENTER, RESTROOMS, AVENUE OF FLAGS AND ELEVATORS ARE ALL GETTING UPDATES. THE RENOVATIONS PROMISE TO OFFER A BETTER EXPERIENCE FOR TOURISTS. “THIS IS A NATIONAL MONUMENT AND PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE COMING TO SEE THIS. THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND THEY WILL MAKE IT SAFE,” LINDA LOBERG , TOURIST, SAID. SYDNEY THORSON: “THE MEMORIAL PARK OFFICIALS WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT ALTHOUGH A FEW AREAS WILL BE CLOSED, THEY ARE WELCOME AT ANY POINT DURING THE CONSTRUCTION.” “WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE DURING CONSTRUCTION. WE WILL HAVE SIGNAGE UP AND WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING FLOWS SMOOTHLY. MOST PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE PLANNING TO VISIT, WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS COME AND SEE THE SCULPTURE AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT NO MATTER WHAT PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION WE ARE IN,” MAUREEN MCGEE- BALLINGER, CHIEF OF INTERPRETATION AND EDUCATION AT MT. RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, SAID. THIS 8 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT IS GOING TO LAST FOR AT LEAST 18 MONTHS AND COULD LAST UP TO 2 YEARS. OFFICIALS SAY THE END RESULT IS GOING TO ALLOW BETTER VIEWS AND MORE SAFETY FOR EVERYONE. “MT. RUSHMORE IS, IT’S AN ICON. IT’S AN ICON FOR DEMOCRACY FOR WHAT THIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR AND PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO COME AND ENJOY. WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO ENJOY THIS ICON,” MCGEE-BALLINGER SAID. AS BIG AS THE PROJECT MAY BE, IT MAKES VISITORS, LIKE LINDA LOBERG, APPRECIATE THE SCULPTURE EVEN MORE. “I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THAT SO MANY YEARS AGO THAT THERE WAS THE FORTITUDE TO BUILD THIS AND THAT IS A THING THAT SOUTH DAKOTA HAS AS THEIR NAME,” LOBERG SAID. AT MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, SYDNEY THORSON, KELOLAND NEWS. AS EACH RENOVATION IS COMPLETED AT THE PARK, THEY WILL RE-OPEN FOR PEOPLE TO ENJOY. TO STAY UPDATED ON THE PROGRESSION OF THE PROJECT YOU CAN CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE. WE HAVE A LINK ON KELOLAND DOT COM. THE SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM SAYS MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND IS EXCITED TO WELCOME VISITORS DURING CONSTRUCTION. THEY CAME UP WITH A TOP 10 THINGS TO DO AT MOUNT RUSHMORE DURING CONSTRUCTION. WE HAVE THAT ON KELOLAND DOT COM AS WELL. STILL AHEAD.. IF YOU ARE PLANNING A TRIP OUT TO THE

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