Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Travel Photo #67: Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore.  South Dakota.  August 2014.

Overview Of Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore Popularly Known as Mount Rushmore National Memorial is situated in Keystone, South Dakota in U.S.A.
The Mount Rushmore is a fabulous sculptor that has curved faces made of granite. Gutzon Borglum  and Lincoln Borglum, the father and son had sculpted this fantastic sculpture. This sculpture features the heads of 4 U.S presidents  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The total area of this memorial is about 1,278.45 acres.

Top Attraction

Mount Rushmore
The Mount Rushmore is originally named as six grandfathers.  The name of the mountain has changed by a renowned lawyer Charles E. Rushmore in 1885. In the beginning, the task of carving the Mount was taken for the purpose of improving the tourism industry in the South Dakota. After a long-term discussion in congress, the project got the approval. The carving of Mount Rushmore had begun in 1927 and finished in 1941 without any hazard.

The main idea to built Mount Rushmore for tourism came from Doane Robinson, a prominent historian. However, in the year of 1924, Robinson convinced Gutzon Borglum to visit the black hills to assure the carving of the mountain could be completed. Borglum was associated with building the Confederate Memorial making, an enormous memorial to leaders of Confederate situated in Stone Mountain, Georgia. However, he had some disagreement with the authorities of Stone Mountain.

The main strategy was to execute the carvings in Needles which is also called granite pillars. Nevertheless, Borglum discovered that the worn away Needles were very thin to assist sketching. Thus, he selected a grander place, Mount Rushmore, as it confronted southeast and get highest possible sun exposure. In 1925, March 3, the national congress accepted the commission for the Mount Rushmore project. Alongside with George Washington, 1 Democrat and 2 Republicans be represented, was insisted by President Coolidge.

In between 1927 to 1941, Gutzon Borglum along with 400 laborers sculpted the massive sixty feet  higher carvings of presidents Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt to symbolize the initial 130 years of United states history. The making of Mount Rushmore included the use of dynamite, accompanied by the procedure of honeycombing. Altogether, about 450,000 small tons of stone had been blasted from the mountain.

How to get to the  Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

You can visit Mount Rushmore from Rapid City regional airport, rent a car or talk with a private tour company.   Public transportation is not possible.

This is what America is about when it comes to understanding that it is equal opportunity versus equal achievement.  Each and every one of us has the opportunity for greatness in this country.  -Allen West 


  1. This is one of the most amazing and iconic American locations available. And if I miss a chance to see this site in my lifetime, I know that I will have really missed out. Also, this made an appearance in one of my favorite classic movies, North by NorthWest. Can't wait to see this in person. Thanks for the great article. I really learned a lot. :)

  2. Just a perfect aspect of Americana.

  3. I find this really pleasing...thanks for sharing Kate!!!

  4. Dorlean1/25/2016

    I can only imagine how much more spectacular Mount Rushmore looks in person than even here. Just looking up at the faces, I feel that I know American founding fathers even more.

  5. Maricel1/25/2016

    Mount Rushmore one of the most popular and visit-able aria of Americana.
    National Memorial is situated in Keystone, South Dakota in U.S.A. In 1927 it start for make and so it is around 100 years old place. Must need to visit this aria.

  6. Mount Rushmore is a very popular place on South Dakota. we sow this place on money kind of movie. very popular director select this place on his movie. i sow it on there and very soon i will visit this place.

  7. Mount Rushmore is a very nice and very popular aria for USA. Who watch English movie he must see it on any kind of movie. I am also see from there. I like it very much and I am very interstate to visit here. Very soon I take a visa for this visit there.

  8. It is one of visit able area of USA. They are presidents of USA. it is very secured aria of USA. it is nice looking and everyday many people visit on here.

  9. Symbolizing the ideals of freedom and democracy, it is a tribute to four presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and their invaluable contributions to the United States.