Mountains to Monuments is the theme chosen to capture the plans we have for Polk over the next five years between FY 2018 and FY 2023
Inspired by the history of Mt. Rushmore, dating back to the 1920’s when the official historian for the state of South Dakota, Doane Robinson, committed to a goal of luring more tourists to the Black Hills region of the state. The Black Hills are a small but majestic mountain range that rise out of the Great Plains. Mr. Robinson knew to get people to travel the poor roads and difficult terrain to this northern state would take something impressive.
He ultimately persuaded Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum to travel to the Black Hills region to take on the job of carving something magnificent into the mountain that would have national appeal.