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Oct 4, 1927

Construction Starts On
Mount Rushmore


“America will march along that skyline.”

Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor
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“More and more we sensed we were creating a truly great thing, and after a while all of us old hands became truly dedicated to it.”

Red Anderson, Mount Rushmore Carver. Approx. 400 men & women helped carve the granite memorial over a period of 14 years. The idea for a mountain sculpture started as a tourist attraction to bring people to visit South Dakota's Black Hills; now 2.4M visitors come every year.
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Why *These* 60 Ft Faces?

Each President represents an important chapter in America.

  • Washington: “birth” of the nation.
  • Jefferson: “growth” for his ideas & advocating westward expansion.
  • Roosevelt: “development” for economic growth & exploration.
  • Lincoln: “preservation” for holding country together during Civil War.
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Did You Know?

  • Mount “Rushmore” was named after a NY attorney surveying the area in the late 1800s.
  • Originally the monument was to feature faces of western figures (ex: Sacajawea), but the sculptor advocated for broader appeal.
  • Workers walked 700 stairs before being suspended thousands of feet above ground to carve with chisels & jackhammers.
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”The idea is so that people a million years from now will realize their significance. So many things are lost in history. The Sphinx, the pyramids, the heads on Easter Island. Archeologists are forever trying to figure them out.”

Lincoln Borglum, son of sculptor, who helped complete Mt. Rushmore after his dad's death. He advocated to complete the "Hall of Records"; a room carved into the mt. explaining the project & American history. The Hall of Records opened officially in 1998.
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90% of Mt. Rushmore was carved by dynamite. In fact, some dynamite was used to blast away the first face of President Jefferson. Pres. Jefferson was originally situated on the outside so Pres. Washington would be in the middle, but the stone turned out to be too weak.

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