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Travels 2013, page 11, Mount Rushmore

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Our visit to Mount Rushmore this year was our second time seeing it; our first time was in 2004 (2004 - South Dakota, page 2). While we did not stop to see the Crazy Horse Memorial this year, we did drive through The Black Hills, Custer State Park, and Badlands National Park. It is such amazingly beautiful country in that area of South Dakota!

My photos from Mount Rushmore this time are a little different although, of course, there are two of the four presidents! For more information about Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor who designed and supervised the creation of Mount Rushmore, see here: Biography: Gutzon Borglum.

The carving took 14 years to complete, starting in 1927 and ending in 1941. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, but there were 10 injuries during its making. The mountain was originally known as Six Grandfathers by the Lakota Sioux, but was renamed after a prominent New York lawyer, Charles E. Rushmore. The entire monument covers 1,278 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level. That explains getting winded walking up the stairs!

Gutzon Borglum
Gutzon Borglum
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Mount Rushmore National Park sign
Mount Rushmore National Park sign
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The Avenue of Flags and Mount Rushmore
The Avenue of Flags and Mount Rushmore
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California - 31st State Admitted to the Union
California - 31st State Admitted to the Union
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Beautiful sitting area at Mount Rushmore
Beautiful sitting area at Mount Rushmore
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Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln
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California State Flag
California State Flag
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Wisconsin - 30th State Admitted to the Union
Wisconsin - 30th State Admitted to the Union
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