Furloughed employees returned to work Thursday.
Although visitors to Mount Rushmore National Memorial have been able to get an up close and personal view of the famous faces since Monday, Thursday the federal government is footing the bill.
A group of South Dakota businesses offered up payment for ten days of operation. The price tag: $15,200 a day.
Public information officer for the monument, Maureen McGee Ballinger, said it was a challenging few weeks for Mount Rushmore employees and visitors. "No one wants to be on furlough. To not know what's happening is very uncomfortable. But for those of us in the national parks, they are not jobs they are our passions."