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Mount Rushmore

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Plains Midwest, United States.

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The beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota have many attractions but are most famous for the iconic Temple of America, Mt. Rushmore. The sculptures of four Presidents, though incomplete, are magnificent and the setting is perfect. Rocky Mountain goats are often encountered on the trails here. Nearby is the Crazy Horse monument, also incomplete, and other sites such as historic Deadwood, Custer State Park, and the spectacular Needles.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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Everyday they looked different. I worked at Rushmore in the summer of 1969 in the concessions. We lived in dorms on the site and I worked in the dining area. Everyday the faces looked different, something was always different. Loved it.

Would like to have some sort of reunion. Please contact Neil Andersen on facebook if interested.

Mount Rushmore

Every American should visit Mount Rushmore since it's one of the iconic figures of the United States. Yet, it should not be the grand finale of a trip, especially if you are driving cross-country. To see the monument and the corresponding exhibits takes four or five hours tops, so it's a great stop along the way to the east or west coast.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Nothing symbolizes America more than four great presidents being carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a stunning depiction of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Each president is the average height of a six-storied building, making this memorial an American icon.

Sculpted by John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum, the memorial was mostly created by the blasting away of the mountain through dynamite. The project lasted from 1927 until 1941. Borglum died in March of 1941 and never saw the project’s October 31, 1941 completion.

Today, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is South Dakota’s number one tourist attraction. There are many events that take place throughout the year including fireworks on July 3rd, the day before Independence Day.

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