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The front of the monument still has the rubble left over from the carving.
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 Highway 244 Keystone, SD 57751
Hours vary, 8:00am-9:00pm (Aug.-Sep.) & 8:00am-5:00pm (Oct.-May).
605-574-2523 2 hours
July 2009 Summer
$10-29 Keystone South Dakota
Website Historical Monuments
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a mountain sculpture in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It was built between 1927-1941 and features the faces of four US presidents. The memorial is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Dakota. It draws big crowds, especially in summer.

Mount Rushmore was conceived by Doane Robinson to promote tourism. The idea came from a comparable carving in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Robinson contacted sculpture Gutzon Borglum and the proposal gained traction. It was endorsed by the US government, which funded construction. The four US Presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt represent America’s founding, growth, preservation and development/protection. Borglum died in 1941 and his son briefly oversaw the project until funding ceased and project ended. Mount Rushmore was intended to include the torsos of the presidents but was not completed.

Summer activities include ranger tours and an evening patriotic program. There is a short but informative orientation film. Also, a museum has additional video clips about the workers, displays of drilling equipment and historical pictures. The Presidential Trail, which includes some steps, leads close to the base of the monument. The sculpture studio is worth a visit as it includes an original scale model of the sculpture. Looking at the model and then at the mountain is a great way to appreciate its construction and scale. Mount Rushmore is near the Crazy Horse Memorial and it makes sense to see both, if you have the time. Mount Rushmore is one of those places that one should see in person to better appreciate. While the background hitorical information is modest, a visit here will have near universal appeal for the monument’s aura and stateliness.
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