Mount Rushmore National Mounument

United States of America - Great Plains

At the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a testimony to perseverance and tribute to historic moments in U.S. history towers over the landscape in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota.

While plants, animals and nature trails through forests populate the park, the centrepiece that draws nearly 3 million people a year is the four faces, each about 18 meters tall, carved into hard granite on the side of Mount Rushmore.

Artist Gutzon Borglum commenced the carving in 1927. It took about 400 workers (including his son, Lincoln) and 14 years to complete the faces of the four U.S. presidents he selected because they served during significant periods in the nation’s history.

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