Norbeck worked for 20 years to create the park in the early 20th century, and it has become the crown jewel in South Dakota's parks system. Norbeck personally designed roads to provide visitors with views of Mount Rushmore, wrote Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
"Visitors won’t be able to miss the new facility as they come into the park," wrote Daugaard. "With so many things to do and see, first-time visitors — and even seasoned guests — need a guide. ... A new state-of-the-art visitor center that will serve as that guide."
Daugaard led the effort to build the new $6 million facility, with help from the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation, reports the Custer County Chronicle. Three donors gave $1 million to the new center, including Lloyd and Beverly Paulson, the James and Eloise Elmen Foundation and the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
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