Mt. Rushmore – Face to Face With a Mountain

Did you know that the massive carving of the four US Presidents on Mount Rushmore National Memorial was supposed to show their head up to their waists? Now, that would have been really magnificent. The heads carved there right now are awe-inspiring for sure, but had they finished the sculpture to their waist, it would have been several times grander.

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the USA.

The Mt. Rushmore National Memorial was started during the time of President Calvin Coolidge. The monument was created to boost tourism in South Dakota. The four US presidents that are carved into the face of that mountain are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These presidents were chosen because of their contribution in the preservation of the union and the expansion of the territories of the USA.

Mount Rushmore is one of the few National Parks that does not charge entry fees, and you also do not need a reservation.

It took 14 years and around 400 workers to finish the head carvings. The project cost almost $1 million dollars to build. Dynamites were used to chip off large chunks of the mountain. The details were carved using handheld tools. No one was killed during the making of the monuments despite the size and the dangerous nature of the undertaking. Every now and then, the surfaces of the sculptures are inspected by mountain climbers to check for cracks or any damages. Of course, as with any national monument, the USA flag stands proud near the entrance to usher in all the visitors eager to be awed by this inspiring monument.

The Construction of Mt. Rushmore: The monument was sculpted by Borglum and about 400 stone workers. Construction began on August 10, 1927 (President Coolidge attended the dedication that day). Funding was provided by private donations and the Federal Government.
The sculpting was done by first blasting away tons of rock with dynamite. Workers then sat in hanging “swing seats,” and used jackhammers, drills, hammers, and other tools to do the finishing work. Bad weather and a lack of funding slowed work; although it took 14 years to finish the project, work was done for only about 6 of those years.
After Borglum’s death, soon before the sculpture was done, the completion of the giant sculpture was overseen by his son, Lincoln Borglum. The monument was completed in 1941 (after Borglum’s death).

Today, Mount Rushmore is South Dakota’s top tourist attraction. Over 2 million tourists visit the monument every year. The Mt. Rushmore National Park does not charge admission fee. The only fee the tourists pay when they visit the park is the parking fee.

Pollux Parker is an adventurer who loves discovering secret island getaways in each country he visits. Pollux also likes to collect USA flag and buy USA flag. “Gigantic Statues

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