Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a celebrated American landmark . The sculpture is carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States.
Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and later by his son Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents : George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres (5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.
Few attractions stir the emotions of visitors the way Mount Rushmore does. Since its completion in 1941, it has joined the Statue of Liberty as one of America’s most inspiring symbols of democracy.
The Memorial, located 23 miles southwest of Rapid City, is awesome and impressive. The granite faces of four American Presidents tower 5,500 feet above sea level and are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall. Each head is as tall as a six-story building! Sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s attention to detail makes the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln appear almost lifelike in the morning and afternoon sun of the Black Hills.
Gutzon Borglum carved his mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. His work proved neither incongruous nor ridiculous. Instead, the ambitious sculpture became one of the nation’s most beloved national memorials, and today it stands as a symbol of this country’s unflinching dedication to democracy and freedom: Mount Rushmore National Memorial. As Borglum so brilliantly planned, their faces appear to be mobile and fluid when they catch both the morning and the afternoon sun. President Calvin Coolidge believed Mount Rushmore was “decidedly American in its conception, magnitude and meaning. It is altogether worthy of our country,” Coolidge proclaimed at the dedication of the project in 1927.
Tourism is South Dakota’s second-largest industry, and Mount Rushmore is its top tourist attraction Today, Mount Rushmore is one of the most recognized monuments in the United States, with more than 2.7 million visitors each year . The site is also home to the final concerts of Rushmore Music Camp and attracts many visitors over the week of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.