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Old 10-05-2013, 08:14 PM   #1
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Police prevent drivers from pulling over and viewing Mt. Rushmore

Unbelievable: Police prevent drivers from pulling over and viewing Mt. Rushmore
http://www.argusleader.com/article/20131004/UPDATES/310040047/Rushmore-blockage-stirs-anger-in-S-D-?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1



Blocking access to trails and programs at South Dakotaís most popular attraction was one thing, but state officials didnít expect Congressí budget stalemate to shut down a view of Mount Rushmore.
The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument.
The cones first went up Oct. 1, said Dusty Johnson, Gov. Dennis Daugaardís chief of staff. The state asked that they be taken down, and federal officials did so with some of them. The state was told the cones were a safety precaution to help channel cars into viewing areas rather than to bar their entrance.
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FYI, you have to be a subscriber to the newspaper to be able to see the article...
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I was at Rushmore during Sturgis when it is very busy. Never saw a ranger do anything except operate video and answer questions in the visitors center.
All parking is done by contractor as parking structure is not responsibility of Park.
No reason to prevent people from visiting open areas TO INCLUDE VETERAN CEMETERIES and open area Memorials like the Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorials, Lincoln & Jefferson Memorial.
If Park System wanted to establish a good reputation, they would encourage and allow docents (military, state and civilian volunteers) to work the parks and allow Rangers to volunteer their time.

The Crazy Horse memorial is OPEN because the Indians (Native Americans) refused the Governments offer to contribute money. Why, because they don't trust Wash DC.
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Folks, iRV2's rules permit political comments when they are DIRECTLY related RVing.

General political comments are not permitted.

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Back to the original post......I know that the roads around there are 2 lane...Perhaps they just dont want a bunch of traffic tie ups due to people blocking the roads......The price of admission to the park is worth it....

BTW, also been to Crazy Horse.....loved that too.
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Unbelievable:
You might want to fact check this one friend.

From Huffington Post:

...But the Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association says the full faces of Mount Rushmore can be seen from Highway 16A and George Washington is visible from the vehicle pull-off area. And the Rushmore Borglum Historical Center in Keystone is also open.
The Badlands can be observed from either park entrance point on Highway 240...
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You might want to fact check this one friend.

From Huffington Post:

...But the Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association says the full faces of Mount Rushmore can be seen from Highway 16A and George Washington is visible from the vehicle pull-off area. And the Rushmore Borglum Historical Center in Keystone is also open.
The Badlands can be observed from either park entrance point on Highway 240...
Wow! What a great source! The Huffington Post! Really?

Evidently you're not familiar with the area. It's not the same road as described in the OP.
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Wow! What a great source! The Huffington Post! Really?

Evidently you're not familiar with the area. It's not the same road as described in the OP.
Okay... How about this post, Its from the Argus Leader, sited by the OP.
No need to be sarcastic MoBlue. Just sharing info.
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The Crazy Horse memorial is OPEN because the Indians (Native Americans) refused the Governments offer to contribute money. Why, because they don't trust Wash DC.
Not quite. The Crazy horse memorial is under the control of the family of the origianl scuptur, Ziokowski. He worked under the master sculptor of Mount Rushmore. He is the one that did not trust the government.

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The blasting continues and the memorial is a work in progress, dependent upon donations and private funding only. Although the US Government has offered to help fund the construction of the Chief Crazy Horse Monument on several occasions, Ziokowski and his successors have declined.[35]
Since Ziokowski's death in 1982, the project has been under the direction of the non-profit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, which has chosen to honor Ziokowski's intention of aiming for higher educational and cultural goals by keeping the funding of the project private. With the help of the foundation the work continues and is overseen by Ziolkowski's wife, Ruth, and their 10 children.
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[QUOTE=MickBrennan;1756304]You might want to fact check this one friend.

This is not sarcasm?

Keep reading. I'm sure you will justify what the government is doing.
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Police prevent drivers from pulling over and viewing Mt. Rushmore

Thread title is wrong, it's not POLICE preventing drivers from stopping, but NPS who put the cones up along highway SD 244. The state wants the cones removed.

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...But the Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association says the full faces of Mount Rushmore can be seen from Highway 16A and George Washington is visible from the vehicle pull-off area. And the Rushmore Borglum Historical Center in Keystone is also open.
The Badlands can be observed from either park entrance point on Highway 240...
I was there 2 weeks ago for a few days and have visited the area many times. Yes, the monument is visible from US 16a when traveling north from Custer State Park, but they are very distant views. The cones pictured in original article are along the pull outs on SD 244 and prevent pulling into those viewpoints of GW's profile. This action shows a very petty attitude by NPS, trying to prevent any tourist attraction to Mt. Rushmore. Those pull outs along the state highway might be a part of the monument, but I see little harm in letting folks pulling in, parking and take photos for a few minutes. BTW Borglum Historical Center is not part of the NPS and is one of many private tourist attractions to grab visitors to the area, like all the 'Black Hills Gold' stores that has more gold displayed than was ever mined from the region. The limited views of the Badlands from the entrances is a poor substitute for driving and hiking in the park. Sort of like going to Disneyland and just seeing it from the road.
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