Near Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
History of the United States of America
1776 • Consequently, on July 4, 1776, our forefathers promulgated a principle never before successfully asserted, that life, liberty, equality, and pursuit of happiness were the birthrights of all mankind. In this declaration of independence beat a heart for all humanity. It declared this country free from British rule and announced the inalienable sovereignty of the people. Freedom's soldiers victoriously consecrated this land with their life's blood to be free forever more.
1787 • Then, in 1787, for the first time a government was formed that derived its just powers from the consent of the governed. General Washington and representatives from the 13 states formed this sacred Constitution, which embodies our faith in God and in mankind by giving equal participation in government to all citizens, distributing that powers of governing, threefold securing freedom of speech and of the press, establishing the right to worship the Infinite according
1803 • In 1803, Louisiana was purchased from France. This acquisition extended from the Mississippi river, across the fertile prairie to the Rocky mountains, and paved the way for America's pre-eminence among the nations.
1819 • In 1819, the picturesque Florida peninsula was ceded as payment of Spanish obligations due to Americans.
1845 • In 1845, Texas, having patterned American democracy during the 10 years of freedom from Mexican rule, accepted the invitation to join the sisterhood of states. In 1846, the Oregon country was peacefully apportioned by the 49th parallel as the compromised international boundary of the two English-speaking nations.
1848 • In 1848, California and territory likewise rich in natural resources was acquired as the consequence of an inevitable conflict with Mexico. In spirit of mutual concession, the United States granted additional indemnities for the adjustment of the international boundary, extending form the Rio Grande to the Gulf of California.
1850 • In 1850, Texas willingly ceded the disputed Rio Grande region, thus ending the dramatic acquisition of the west.
1867 • In 1867, Alaska was purchased from Russia.
1904 • In 1904, the Panama Canal Zone was acquired for our people to build a navigable highway enabling the world's people to share the fruits of the earth and of human industry.
Now, these eras are welded into a nation possessing unity, liberty, power, integrity and faith in God, with responsible development of character and devoted to the performance of humanitarian duty.
Holding no fear of the economic and political, chaotic clouds hovering over the earth, the consecrated Americans dedicate this nation before God, to exalt righteousness and to maintain mankind's constituted liberties so long as the earth shall endure.
Location. 43° 52.664′ N, 103° 27.31′ W. Marker is near Keystone, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 244. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13000 South Dakota Highway 244, 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. (Mount Rushmore) Chronology (here, next to this marker); The Power to Carve a Mountain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rushmore Workers (about 500 feet away); Theodore Roosevelt (about 600 feet away); George Washington (about 700 feet away); Abraham Lincoln (about 700 feet away); The Pigtail Bridges (approx. 1.2 miles away); Father of Mt. Rushmore (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keystone.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Borglum View Terrace at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Regarding History of the United States of America. When Gutzon Borglum teamed up with Hearst newspapers in 1934 to sponsor a contest, Hearst's five million readers learned they had a chance to write an inscription to be carved in stone on Mount Rushmore. Though the inscription was never added to the mountain, the contest generated tremendous publicity for Borglum's project -- and produced a few lucky winners.
This submission, by a young Nebraskan named William Andrew Burkett, triumphed in the college-age category. Burkett won a four-year college scholarship and moved to California, achieving great success in business. He claimed he owed his good fortune to winning the contest. and later said he wanted to be buried near the monument. Eventually, Burkett had his essay inscribed on a bronze tablet and installed at Rushmore. -- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/rushmore-burkett/
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.