Mount Rushmore is a place where you have seen photos of, but to actually go there and see the real thing is spectacular! On the ride you start seeing views of it off in the distance. Then all of the sudden you make a turn and it is right in front if you in all its' glory!
The making of Rushmore is very interesting. In 1923, Doane Robinson had a vision of a massive mountain memorial carved from stone it would put South Dakota on the map. He first wanted Western figures such as Chief Red Cloud, Buffalo Bill Cody, Lewis & Clark. However after commissioning Sculptor Gutson Borglum, he convinced Robinson and Senator Peter Norbeck to select four presidents so it would become a national treasure. It was President Calvin Coolidge who gave approval and the national attention this vision would need.
From its inception, Mount Rushmore had approximately 400 people work on it during the carving process from October 1927 - October 1941. No lives were lost.
The four presidents selected were so due to their contribution to our nation's history. The only one to draw criticism was Theodore Roosevelt because he had only been dead eight years at that time and that history had not yet judged him. The others George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln were so important to the formation of this great nation!
I am thrilled that this national treasure will be here for many years to come and it is my hope that my grandchildren will someday stand there and look up to this massive monument and feel the same feelings of national pride that I did today!