MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. – Beginning Monday, June 25,
visitors to Mount Rushmore will glimpse part of the behind the scenes
preparations that goes into producing one of the nation’s highest rated
fireworks shows. A state-of-the-art temporary rope tramway, used to
ferry supplies to the top of the memorial, will be installed as crews
ready the memorial for the annual Independence Day Celebration.
The tramway, which consists of a 660-foot highline rope and trolley
pulley system, will temporarily connect the Presidential Trail at the
base of the memorial to a tripod mounted atop the figure of President
Roosevelt. Firework loads and equipment will be secured to the pulley
and pulled to the top of the sculpture using an electrical winch.
The highline rope and trolley system will be clearly visible to visitors
during their stop at the memorial. The tram is being set up in the same
location where a tram existed in the 1930s during construction of the
sculpture. The tramway will remain in place through Saturday, June 30.
Following the celebrations, the tramway will be reinstalled on July 6
and 7 to remove firework material from the top of the memorial. The
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society donated the funding for the
tramway in 2006.
Additional information on the Independence Day Celebration is available
on the park web site at