SD highway again to be named for Mount Rushmore sculptor
Those are the same words the Legislature used in 1972, when lawmakers passed a Senate concurrent resolution designating the same stretch of road that then was known as S.D. 87.
Because it was a resolution, rather than a law, the honor could be found only in the obscurity of the 1972 legislative session’s House and Senate journals.
The resolution’s sponsors were Sen. Kenneth Trask, R-Custer, and Sen. Bob Burns, R-Vivian.
They said the honor should be “in conjunction with the celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the United States” that would come in 1976.
Senators agreed, passing the resolution 34-0. The House of Representatives followed 72-0.
The route previously was known as Horsethief Lake Road. At the 1973 dedication ceremony Lincoln Borglum, son of the sculptor, recalled walking the route as a boy with his father who was searching for a mountain for the carving.
According to a newspaper account from 1973, Lincoln Borglum said parts of the route they took were then a logging trail. After his father had chosen the mountain, someone reportedly said there wasn’t a way to reach it.
According to his son, Gutzon Borglum replied, “OK, I’ll make the monument and roads will come to it.”
He was right.
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