Father of Mt. Rushmore

Father of Mt. Rushmore (HM1YN1)

Location: Keystone, SD 57751 Pennington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 52.087', W 103° 26.058'

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Doane Robinson

Doane Robinson (1856-1946) was the South Dakota state historian from 1901 to 1926. Speaking to the Black and Yellow Trail Association in January 1924, Robinson proposed his idea to carve legendary figures of the American West into the Black Hills Needles formation. He believed the monument would be a special attraction to draw visitors to the scenic landscape and develop tourism to diversify the state economy. Robinson shared the idea with Senator Peter Norbeck who provided key political support. Enlisting artist Gutzon Borglum, they agreed on presidents as subjects of national significance and Mount Rushmore as the best site. Robinson worked with the state legislature for initial funding, coordinated with Norbeck for Borglum's initial visits, promoted the idea around the state, and was an early leader of the memorial association. Borglum's final design for the Mount Rushmore National Memorial was built from 1927 to 1941.
HM NumberHM1YN1
Placed ByJewish American Society for Historic Preservation, Mt. Rushmore Society, South Dakota Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 625806 N 4858416
Decimal Degrees43.86811667, -103.43430000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 52.087', W 103° 26.058'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 52' 5.22" N, 103° 26' 3.48" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-16A, Keystone SD 57751, US
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