Mount Rushmore unknown history and travel tips

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Sep 11 2023 • 26 mins

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Video: Mount Rushmore history

Mount Rushmore is a famous American landmark located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It features the carved faces of four prominent U.S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The idea for the monument was conceived by South Dakota historian Doane Robinson in the early 1920s as a way to attract tourists to the state. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was chosen to design and carve the massive sculptures, which began in 1927 and took 14 years to complete.

The choice of presidents was significant, representing key periods in American history: Washington for the founding era, Jefferson for westward expansion, Roosevelt for conservation and the progressive era, and Lincoln for preserving the Union during the Civil War. Mount Rushmore was officially dedicated on October 31, 1941.

Today, Mount Rushmore is a symbol of American democracy and a popular tourist destination, drawing millions of visitors each year who come to admire both the artistic achievement and the historical significance of the monument.

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