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Gutzon Borglum
Mount Rushmore
1927–1941
Black Hills, South Dakota


Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Acreage: 1,278.45


Excerpt from National Parks Conservation Association:

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota are the iconic faces of four former presidents of the United States - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These men were chosen to represent the first 150 years of American history and America’s cultural heritage.

The idea came from Doane Robinson to promote tourism in South Dakota and his idea was wildly successful - the park attracts almost 3 million park visitors every year. Gutzon Borglum designed the sculpture. Though he passed away before its completion, over 400 workers helped bring his vision to life.

Today visitors come to appreciate this colossal man-made creation, learn about the design and construction process, appreciate its significance as a symbol of the American history of “monumental” leaders, and to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Black Hills region.

—Caroline Griffith

Continued, National Parks Conservation Association...



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Gutzon Borglum, American, (1867-1941)
b. March 25, 1867, Idaho
d. 1941

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