“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Father of Mt. Rushmore

Doane Robinson

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By Jerry Klinger, May 11, 2017
1. Father of Mt. Rushmore Marker
Doane Robinson
Inscription. 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 Borglumís initial visits, promoted the idea around the state, and was an early leader of the memorial association. Borglumís final design for the Mount Rushmore National Memorial was built from 1927 to 1941.
Erected by Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, Mt. Rushmore Society, South Dakota Historical Society.
Location. 43° 52.087′ N, 103° 26.058′ W. Marker is in Keystone, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on Iron Mountain Road. Touch for map. Next to Doane Robinson Tunnel. Marker is in this post office area: Keystone SD 57751, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pigtail Bridges (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peter Norbeck (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rushmore Workers (approx. 1.2 miles away); History of the United States of America (approx. 1.2 miles away); (Mount Rushmore) Chronology (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Power to Carve a Mountain (approx. 1.3 miles away); Theodore Roosevelt (approx. 1.3 miles away); George Washington (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keystone.
Additional keywords. Mount Rushmore Doane Robinson Father of Mount Rushmore, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation,
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