KEYSTONE, S.D. - Tourists are once again flocking to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.
National parks have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown, but South Dakota and several corporate donors worked out a deal with the National Park Service to reopen the iconic landmark beginning Monday.
Spokeswoman Maureen McGee-Ballinger says about 3,000 people visited the site on Monday — typical for a cold, snowy October day.
McGee-Ballinger says the site is funded for 10 days, through Oct. 23. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Park Service is charging the state $15,200 per day.