Despite the partial government shutdown, Mount Rushmore reopened Monday as partners from across South Dakota are paying to operate the memorial. Needless to say, tourists and business owners in Keystone are thankful.
The rainy weather did not stop tourists from going to Keystone, and seeing the memorial. Store owners in the town are glad Mount Rushmore is open because they say it brings in a lot of business. With the closure and then the blizzard, business owners say they were hurting.
"I think that it had a huge impact on a lot of the smaller businesses in Keystone, with the bad publicity that the national government has caused, has obviously stopped people coming to keystone as much as they would have," said Desi Frederic, of Iron Creek Leather and Gifts.
It costs $15,200 a 'day' to keep Mount Rushmore open. The partners are "buying a day" to operate the memorial. Enough money has been raised to keep Mount Rushmore open for 10 days.