Mount Rushmore by louannwarren

Mount Rushmore

In the early 1920's, the state of South Dakota was trying to find a way to bring tourists to their state. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum said he would sculpt 4 president's faces on the granite face of Mt Rushmore, that should bring people to South Dakota. He was correct, 2 million people come to Mt Rushmore every year. From 1927 - 1941 he and his son (with 400 workers) blasted the granite away to sculpt the faces of America's founding father George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Originally they were to be busts not just faces, but as those things sometimes go, the monument building funds were used up and no more could be raised to complete the project. The faces are 60' high, they face southeast to maximize sun exposure. The granite is incredibly durable, it erodes one inch every 10,000 years. If you find yourself in southwest South Dakota, don't miss visiting this national monument, it is breathtaking!
I saw this when I was very young and would like to go again. Nice photo - I like the dramatic clouds.
July 1st, 2017  
Nice capture, I have seen this only on TV..What an achievement!!
July 1st, 2017  
On my list of places to visit! Amazing! Fav!
July 1st, 2017  
Wonderful shot of these monuments against that incredible sky. He sure was a very talented sculptor.
July 1st, 2017  
Such talent and such a memorial to attract the visitors You must have been thrilled to see he sculptures in person -- thanks for sharing ! fv
July 1st, 2017  
Magnificent. I have only ever seen this from the air when flying from Los Angeles to the UK.
July 1st, 2017  
I would love, love, love to see this!!! FAV
July 1st, 2017  
Stunning capture - and I'm sure this is the closest I'll ever get to see them!! I saw a lego display of this in Denmark many, many years ago and marvelled at that :) fav and thanks!
July 1st, 2017  
classic shot
July 1st, 2017  
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Wonderful shot. Saw this on TV, long ago.
July 1st, 2017  
Thanks for showing us this iconic and dramatic image... I saw this only as a child and would love, love to go back.
July 1st, 2017  
Wonderful shot.
July 1st, 2017  
Fab
July 1st, 2017  
Super photo. It looks just like it is supposed to look. I know it has to be awesome to see it in person. It's on my bucket list. Fav!
July 1st, 2017  
Its very exciting being able to film this place - almost hidden in the mountains and then you suddenly come across them!
July 2nd, 2017  
very cool.. fav
July 2nd, 2017  
Stunning capture! It must have been no easy task to create this! Fav
July 2nd, 2017  
Must be wonderful to visit, love your focus detail and info, fav
July 2nd, 2017  
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Thank you so very much for pushing this to the TP and PP, your comments and favs are wonderful!

I despaired at first when we arrived at the site because of the clouds, but once I stood in the middle of the pavilion and looked up, I was thrilled. You can see beneath George Washington's head the beginning of the design for his bust, his coat lapels are carved lightly. I thought that was very sweet, given the knowledge that the sculptor ran out of funds to finish the project. I will never forget being there, it was very special to me!
July 2nd, 2017  
Fantastic. Awesome view and image.
July 3rd, 2017  
I am sure it would look amazing
July 3rd, 2017  
Fabulous capture of this amazing national monument! I've been to Mount Rushmore twice and would love to visit again. Instant fav! :-)
July 7th, 2017  
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