Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced in a press release Friday that he has reached an agreement with the National Park Service to reopen Mount Rushmore for the duration of the federal government shutdown.
“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 in the release. “I appreciate the willingness of the National Park Service to partner with us to operate the monument.”
The National Park Service will charge the state $15,200 per day to operate the monument. The monument will reopen Monday at 8 a.m.
The following have offered to “buy a day” of operation of Mount Rushmore:
- ISIS Hospitality
- 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
- Wall Drug, and
- One anonymous donor