Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore in the Black HillsMount Rushmore National Memorial, near the city of Keystone, South Dakota, is representative of the first 150 years in American history with carvings of the heads of former presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The monument takes up 1,278.45 acres of the mountain and is 5,725 feet above sea level.

Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South DakotaThis undertaking was first started to help with tourism in the Black Hills of South Dakota. However, after long congressional negotiations the project was named a National Memorial on March 3, 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. In 1927 the carvings started and were finished in 1941. The memorial brings almost two million visitors per year from all parts of America and all over the world. People come to view the memorial as well as to wonder at the awesome beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

A refubishing was completed in 1998 with a visitor center and sidewalks, There is also a museum and a Presidential Trail. Once a year maintenance is required to check and seal any cracks. Cleaning any vegetative growth is not done. It was cleaned once on July 8, 2005 for free by a German company of cleaning machines that used pressurized water at over 200 °F.

Climate

January and February are generally the coldest months in the winter. Temperatures during the day are in the 30's but during windy situations temperatures can warm into the 50's and 60's.

March and April are for the most part snowy. March is usually the snowiest month with temperature highs in the 40's and low's in the 30's. The average temperatures in April are in the 50's with lows in the 30's.

May and June are moderate with some thunderstorms in the afternoon. Average temperatures range in the 60's to 70's and lows to the 40's.

July and August are the warmest months temperatures can rise into the 90's with low humidity and lows can go down into the 50's.

September and October starts to cool into the 60's and 70's with lows into the 40's. November and December begin the winter months where temperaturess are in the 30's to 40's.

Please check weather forecasts before you plan your visit to the Black Hills.

 

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