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Mount Rushmore

Discover the significance of America'... Read More

Discover the significance of America'... Read More

Discover the significance of America'... Read More

Discover the significance of America'... Read More

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Mount Rushmore - South Dakota

The exact facial features of American icons George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson were painstakingly carved into the granite face of national park Mount Rushmore by the father and son team Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum. Read more...

Located near Keystone, South Dakota, the site that is now known as Mount Rushmore National Memorial has had several names previously. Originally the mountain was called the Six Grandfathers by the Lakota-Sioux people. When Americans took over the land in 1878, the granite peak gained several monikers including Cougar Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, Keystone Cliffs, and Slaughterhouse Mountain. It was permanently renamed after New York lawyer Charles E. Rushmore visited the site in 1885.
 
The idea to convert the mountain into a national monument was first conceived in 1923. In 1925 the U.S. Congress funded the project, and construction took place on the 60-foot high visages from 1927-1941. Visiting Mount Rushmore is rewarding and patriotic. Entrance to the monument is free, but there is a charge for parking. A self-guided walking audio tour is available at the audio tour building, and wheelchairs are available for check out at the information center.