Last updated: 04:00 PM ET, Thu March 19 2015

Mount Rushmore Celebrating 90 Years of History

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | March 19, 2015

Mount Rushmore Celebrating 90 Years of History

Mount Rushmore is one of the most recognizable monuments in the United States, and the historical site is celebrating 90 years of history in 2015.

According to the Associated Press, Mount Rushmore National Memorial will kick off the festivities with a party at the Carver's Cafe on March 25. The event will feature discussions about the park’s extensive history and food, including cake and ice cream.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent Cheryl Schreier explained to the AP that the park was commissioned on March 3, 1925, when then-President Calvin Coolidge signed the bill creating the landmark. The site was dedicated on Oct. 1, 1925.

While the celebration for 90 years of history at the park begins, the actual carvings of presidents’ heads in the side of Mount Rushmore were added years later. According to the National Park Service, the busts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln were added and dedicated between October 4, 1927, and October 31, 1941.

For those travelers looking to make the journey to South Dakota this year to help usher in 90 years of history, the National Memorial is free to visitors. The historical site does charge $11 per vehicle for parking (cars, motorcycles and RVs).

Once you have arrived at Mount Rushmore, there are plenty of activities. From a visit to the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center to a stop in Gutzon Borglum’s Sculptor's Studio to a walk on the Presidential Trail, the park should be a destination on most tourists’ bucket list.

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