What’s Inside the Secret Room in Mount Rushmore?

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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, including that much-discussed secret chamber located in the stone. Check out the images as we dig into this great American landmark.

Fun Facts

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  • 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.

Meet the team who created the historic monument…

Doane Robinson – The Visionary

What's Inside the Secret Room in Mount Rushmore
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Local historian Doane Robinson is credited for coming up with the idea for Mount Rushmore in 1923. He wanted to promote tourism in South Dakota. 

Robinson gained support for the project, and in 1929 President Calvin Coolidge approved it after Congress authorized funding. Now he just needed to find a sculptor to do the job…