Mount Rushmore National Memorial draws in people from around the globe

Mount Rushmore National Memorial draws in millions of people of all cultures and backgrounds to take in the iconic granite monument.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial draws in millions of people of all cultures and backgrounds to take in the iconic granite monument.
Anya Muller caught up with some admirers of the Monument on what the carving means to them.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial draws people in from across the globe every year.

For some people near and far — the iconic faces means more than just seeing faces on a mountain.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Blaine Kortemeyer, the Assist Chief Interpretation at Mount Rushmore, says, “Mount Rushmore is an icon of our Nation and anyone who wants to reconnect to what Mount Rushmore and what the Nation means, where we came from, where we are going, comes to Mount Rushmore to find that connection to the founding of our Nation.”

Lynette Gohsman, the Keystone City Council President, says, “I was born and raised here. I graduated at Mount Rushmore, from High School. I believe that those people on the mountain they had a huge impact on what the country it today, so it’s patriotic to me.”

Kwinn Neff, Keystone Board Trustee, says, “I have a background in Geology so I find Keystone’s mining history very interesting and the fact that Mount Rushmore kept a lot of our miners busy when the mines closed down. So I enjoy the history of Keystone, Mount Rushmore and how it all fits together for our town. It’s very unique and makes us special.”

Visitors at Mount Rushmore

Visitors at Mount Rushmore

Kortemeyers says, “I can remember coming here as a child you know, 10-11-12 years old being early and sitting up in the rocks and when the sculpture lights came up and you are looking through the trees and back in that day the lights that we had came up slow — that was an emotional memory for me that made me want to work here.”

Bob & Linda Albertson from Florida said, “Well we came here with my grandmother when I was about 10 years old, she was a schoolteacher and so she had summer off, so she loaded us up in the car and brought us all up here and then we brought the grand kids up here so they could see it.”

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

A couple visiting from Texas said, “I think it’s great, I think everybody should come see it, you know, what it looks like and how long it took to build it and what went behind it. I just think it’s a good idea for anyone that’s American to see it. It’s a part of our history. “

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