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(SD)-Mount Rushmore Upgrade Program Moving Into High Gear

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/08/2019 09:08 PM
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, SD (AP) -  Mount Rushmore National Memorial, one of the country's most popular tourist attractions, this week is getting to the core of a multi-million dollar upgrade. The National Park Service says work will continue through much of 2020.
 
     Mount Rushmore spokeswoman Maureen McGee-Ballinger says the upgrades are designed to make it easier to traverse the park and provide clearer views of Gutzon Borglum's sculpture, which features the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
 
     Many parts of the park will be closed during construction, including the amphitheater and visitor's center, but McGee-Ballinger says visitors will still have good views of the sculpture while the finished product is "going to be beautiful."


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