Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Update: Mt. Rushmore Officials Refuse Visor Proposal

KEYSTONE, S.D. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Mount Rushmore officials are greeting a potential $4 million offer to restore the monument with stone faces.

The Proshade eyeware company is offering $4 million to the National Park Service in exchange for the right to put sun visors on the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

However, Mount Rushmore superintendent Gerard Baker says the visor proposal will “never happen” and thinks commercializing “a national icon that means a lot to a lot of people” is “degrading.”

But deals like this are nothing new to Baker.

He gets lots of suggestions from Americans who want to raise money to repair the sculpture, including a proposal to sell stone debris to tourists and an offer from Native Americans to cover it up entirely.

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