South Dakota's most popular tourist attraction is literally getting a facelift.
The Mount Rushmore Society presented a check today for $100,000 to the memorial to insure the preservation of monument.
The check is the first of over $500,000 that has been pledged to the efforts to track the movements in the rock formation where the presidents have been carved.
Mount Rushmore Society Executive Director Diana Saathoff says preserving the sculpture is a safeguard to allow it to be seen for generations to come, "It is a really great day when we can dedicate a half–million dollars towards the sculpture presentation which is absolutely the star of South Dakota & the star of this park ".
Some of the donations to the monuments were a result of a $214,000 by bequest of Betty Nelson's estate.