Mount Rushmore

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Mount Rushmore

An American sculptor of Danish descent who was the one who suggested the subjects be George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as that would attract more national interest. Also, later adding Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt in recognition of their contributions to the birth of democracy and the growth of the United States. To carve the four presidential heads into the face of Mount Rushmore, Borglum utilized new methods involving dynamite and pneumatic hammers to blast through a large amount of rock quickly, in addition to the more traditional tools of drills and chisels.

Mount Rushmore, the Presiden's Mountain is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.By 1933, the Mount Rushmore project became part of the National Park Service.It took 14 years to complete Mount Rushmore.No one died while it was being constructed.The sculpture cost $989,992.32 to build.George Washington's face is 60 feet long.90% of the heads are carved with dynamite.The monument was deemed complete and ready for dedication on October 31, 1941.

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http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/mount-rushmorehttp://www.nps.gov/moru/historyculture/index.htmhttp://americanhistory.about.com/od/monuments/a/mount-rushmore.htm

Gutzon Borglum's Model of Mt. Rushmore Memorial

Gutzon Borglum

Forming Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore depicts the faces of four U.S. Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Shrine of Democracy


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