Mount Rushmore

September 11, 2001

Rising 5,500 feet above sea level are the awesome granite faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Gutzon Borglum began work on the mountain August 10, 1927. Six and one-half years of carving was stretched out over a period of 14 years due to bad weather and lack of funds. The cost to complete was $990,000. The faces are 80 feet high and were sculpted from a model 1/12 the size. The sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, said he picked George Washington because he signifies the struggle for independence and the birth of the Republic, Thomas Jefferson signifies territorial expansion of the country with the purchase of the Louisiana territory, which doubled the size of the republic, Abraham Lincoln signifies the perminate union of the states and equality of all citizens and Theodore Roosevelt represents the 20th century roll of the US in world affairs and the rights of the common man.


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Tunnel on the way to Keystone, South Dakota.

Keystone, South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore Sign.

Entrance to Mount Rushmore.

Going through the entrance.

Flags from every state and date
that state entered the union.

Mount Rushmore faces.

The amphitheater, nightly movie and light up
the faces while playing the national Anthem .

The father of our country - Awesome.

From the presidents path looking up.

Placard about George Washington.

Granite blown away while sculpting
is at the base of the mountain.

Placard about Abraham Lincoln.

Deer prints in the sidewalk of the
presidents trail.

Amphitheater seats, museum, gift
shop, and movie theater.

Theodore Roosevelt's Address at
Carnegie Hall.

Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address.

Thomas Jefferson Declaration of

George Washington First Inaugural Address.

1/12 model used by sculptures.

Mountain Goat on the premiss.

Mount Rushmore from the side.

Crazy Horse still in sculpting process.

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