MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) - The sweltering heat hasn't turned away visitors to popular attractions in South Dakota.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial spokeswoman Maureen McGee-Ballinger says visitor numbers remained steady on Tuesday, when the temperature reached 98. This ties the record.
She says memorial officials were reminding visitors to drink plenty of water and take breaks in the shade.
About 20 miles away at the Crazy Horse Memorial, Ruth Ziolkowski was celebrating her 86th birthday and the 136th anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn with a dynamite night blast on the mountain carving.
Ziolkowski, who is Crazy Horse president, says many of the visitors seemed to ignore the sweltering heat and were busy enjoying their vacation.
Rapid City reached 106 on Tuesday, shattering the previous record of 101 set in 1931.
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