HARTFORD, Connecticut - It appears that plans for the state of Connecticut to purchase Mount Rushmore have fallen through.
According to Pendragon Taffywood, a spokesperson for The Connecticut Committee To Buy Mount Rushmore, he and other officials had met with South Dakota representatives on numerous times.
They had also spent countless hours talking on the telephone. But in the end the tremendous liability issue was the factor that killed the project.
Taffywood stated that the presidential monument would have had to have been broken down into a little over 7,000 sections. Each section would have then been loaded onto an 18-wheeler flatbed truck and transported from Keystone, South Dakota to Hartford, Connecticut, a distance of 1,560 miles.
A Department of Transportation representative identified as Oliver P. Cakewalker, 71, stated that the United States government simply felt that the risk of having parts of the monument fall off the trucks and onto vehicles was just too risky.
He also noted that many of the homes along the highway route are built very close to the highway and the possibility of them being totally destroyed by a part of Mount Rushmore was just too dangerous to allow.
SIDENOTE: The state of South Dakota has informed the state of Connecticut that it will be returning it's monetary deposit of $14,000 within six to eight weeks.