Mission of the National Park Service at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The purpose of Mount Rushmore National Memorial is to:
Provide the opportunity for a contemplative visitor experience as related to the sculpture and its setting.
National Memorial - October 1, 1925
Did You Know?
Mount Rushmore is named after New York City attorney Charles E. Rushmore, who came to the Black Hills in 1884-85 to check legal titles on properties. On returning to Pine Camp he asked Bill Challis the name of this mountain. Bill replied, "Never had a name but from now on we'll call it Rushmore."