A town that hosts 2 million-plus visitors a year is going to look snazzy at first glance, but Keystone has an old soul. Mining began in the 1870s, and the town was created in 1891. For a look at the “old town,” take Highway 40 south. You’ll find a delightful old general store, small shops, and mine and mill ruins. Maps for a self-guided tour are available in kiosks. Look above Highway 40 for the town’s longtime school building, now a museum (free admission) with exhibits on mining history, the carving of Rushmore and Carrie Ingalls of “Little House” fame, who lived in Keystone for years. Discover even more history of the mountain carving at the Rushmore Borglum Story and at the Sculptor’s Studio at the memorial.
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