Keystone man who kept Mount Rushmore lights on dies - KOTA Territory News

Keystone man who kept Mount Rushmore lights on dies

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By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press
      
A South Dakota man who drew national attention in the mid-1990s when he paid to keep the lights on at Mount Rushmore during a federal government shutdown has died.
 
Arthur Oakes, of Keystone, died Monday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74.
 
Oakes wrote a check for $240 in late 1995 to keep the stone faces of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt illuminated for a week.
 
His widow, Marilyn, says her husband who was politically active throughout his life wanted to show that ordinary people can make a difference.
 
Arthur Oakes' funeral is 11 a.m. local time Saturday at the Mount Rushmore Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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