Mount Rushmore National Memorial is more than a sculpture carved into the side of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA. It’s more than a depiction of four American Presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln — who represent the first 130 years of American history. And while a lot of people have heard about the chamber hidden inside this magnificent structure, the story is more than just what’s inside the secret room in Mount Rushmore.
This is a story of an idea brought to life by Americans willing to put their lives on the line to create a grand memorial. It’s also a monument with secrets, from ties to white supremacy and the KKK, to that much-discussed secret chamber located in the stone. Check out the images as we dig into this great American landmark.
- Mount Rushmore stands at 5,725 ft (1,745 m) above sea level.
- It was chosen due to its grand location, quality granite, and because it faced southeast. That means it gets maximum sun exposure, which helped maximize working hours.
- Initially, it was planned for the figures to be carved from head to waist, but a shortage in funding didn’t allow for this.
- The whole project cost $989,992.32.