Mount Rushmore Today and into the Future
Should a manmade or natural disaster ever significantly damage the monument, the park has a 3-D digital scan of the entire mountain, within centimeter accuracy of details, which could be used to recreate it. The data was collected during a two-week laser-scanning project the park administered in 2010, with help from specialists from the Kacyra Family Foundation and Historic Scotland, an agency of the Scottish government charged with protecting historic sites. “The sky is the limit on what kind of visitor programming we can do with this data,” says Bracewell. Soon, the memorial will be able to create virtual fly-bys and trips to the unfinished hall of records and the top of the mountain. Over two million tourists visit Mount Rushmore every year, but, with new tools, such as holographic images for use in classrooms, the National Park Service will be able to share the experience of the memorial with many more.