Woman fined $1,000 for barefoot climb of Mount Rushmore
This March 22, 2019 file photo shows Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:16PM EDT
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Nebraska woman has been fined US$1,000 for climbing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Authorities say Alexandria Incontro scaled the massive granite sculpture Friday with bare feet and no rope, making it to about 4.5 meters from the top.
The Rapid City Journal says Incontro chose a route between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, whose faces are about 18 meters tall. Several signs at the popular tourist destination warn against trespassing on or climbing the sculpture, which was completed in 1941.
A federal officer and national park ranger convinced Incontro to come down, and she was handcuffed and arrested.
Incontro, from Omaha, appeared Monday in Rapid City federal court, where she pleaded guilty to climbing the monument. Three other charges were dropped.