|Best Time To Go:
||The Roosevelt Inn is located in
||Shopping, Eating, Slide &
Adventure Park, 1880 Train, Gold Mine, Borglum
Story, Mini Golf
|| In a way,
Keystone is one reason the carvings
on Mt. Rushmore exist. Long before Gutzon Borglum
ever came here to sculpt
the mountain, Keystone was a thriving mining town.
Four major mines, all
now inactive, are located within the town itself
and many more dot the
hillsides around us.
It was the miners from
Keystone who actually
blasted and hammered away at Mt. Rushmore to make
it what it is today.
Also, one of the original reasons given for
commissioning Mt. Rushmore
was to provide work for miners made jobless when
the old Holy Terror Mine
The town of Keystone
itself is spread along
the roads beside two creeks, Grizzly Creek and
Battle Creek. This makes
the town very long -- more than three miles from
one end to the other,
yet occasionally no wider than a road next to a
creek. The town has three
distinct areas: Old Keystone, the historic
townsite near the old Holy Terror
Mine; The Strip, a block-long stretch of
tourist places along Highway
16A; and "The Corner" a relatively open area at
the junction of US16A and
Old Cemetery Road, just before the entrance to Mt.
Keystone offers lots of
700 rooms) and several attractions besides Mt.
Rushmore. Also Keystone
has nine restaurants.