Mount Rushmore National Memorial


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial,

1,278 acres (518 hectares), SW S.Dak., in the Black Hills; est. 1925, dedicated 1927. There, carved on the face of the mountain and visible for 60 mi (97 km), are the enormous (60 ft/18.3 m high) heads of four U.S. presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. The sculpture was designed by Gutzon BorglumBorglum, Gutzon
(John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum) , 1867–1941, American sculptor, b. Idaho; son of a Danish immigrant physician and rancher. He studied at the San Francisco Art Academy and in Paris at Julian's academy and the École des Beaux-Arts.
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, who had even more ambitious plans for the site. These were abandoned when he died (1941), and the work was finished later that year by his son Lincoln. In all, it took 14 years to complete the figures, which during the summer are visited by more than 20,000 tourists daily. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Bibliography

See J. Taliaferro, Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mount Rushmore (2002).

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Address:13000 Hwy 244, Bldg 31 Suite 1
Keystone, SD 57751

Phone:605-574-2523
Fax:605-574-2307
Web: www.nps.gov/moru/
Size: 1,278 acres.
Established: Authorized on March 3, 1925.
Location:Surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, memorial is 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota, via US 16; and 3 miles from Keystone, South Dakota, via US 16A and SD 244.
Facilities:Rest rooms (é), restaurant/snacks, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit.
Activities:Ranger-led programs, cultural events.
Special Features:Colossal heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt were sculpted by Gutzon Borglum on the face of a granite mountain. A lighting ceremony is presented in the amphitheater during summer evenings.

See other parks in South Dakota.
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of 120 members in the National Park Services Climate Friendly Parks program.
Visitors can tour America's "Shrine of Democracy," Mount Rushmore National Memorial, to see the 60-foot-high faces of four American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt.
"When Mount Rushmore Society Executive Director Diana Saathoff contacted us at Black Hills Corporation Foundation three years ago, we were proud to be the lead donor of $25,000 for the Youth Exploration Area permanent shelter at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explains Lori Rainwater, president of Black Hills Corporation Foundation.
"I would say our security is as good as it gets right now, but we cannot let our guard down today, nor wait five years and declare that the threat has passed," says Jim Popovich, chief of interpretation at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Rapid City is South Dakota's second-largest city and is 25 miles from the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The city has more than 740 full-time employees and serves nearly 70,000 residents.
In addition, the aptly named Presidential Savings Bank in Maryland paid the electric bill to keep floodlights trained on Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been lampooned more than any other landmark in the National Park System.