Mount Rushmore

By Angela Nguyen

History

The making of Mount Rushmore was led by sculptor Gutzon Borglum. The work of Mount Rushmore started in 1927 and ended in 1941. 400 workers labored under dangerous conditions 450,000 tons of rock. Mount Rushmore resulted at 60 feet tall. In Gutzon Borglum's original design, Mount Rushmore was supposed to represent the presidents waist up.

Climate

It is common to have warm days and cool nights during the summer. Regularly, it is hot in August and July. In the winter, temperatres are moderate with some occasional below zero. In summer, afternoon thunderstorms may cause hail and fog. Snow can come early as September up to mid-May.

Activities & Events

On July 4, Mount Rushmore has big celebration. At Mount Rushmore, you can bike, horse-back ride, play mini-golf, go on waterslides, swim, fish, hike and so much more.

Fun Facts

  • Over 400 workers helped to sculpt Mount Rushmore climbing 506 steps to the top of Mount Rushmore each day and amazingly there were no deaths. Also there was no major injuries at all.
  • The whole project cost $989,992.32 {US}.
  • Dynamite was used to carve Mount Rushmore. 'Honeycombing was followed process. About 450,000 tons of stone was removed of the side of the mountain during construction.

  • It took 14 years to build Mount Rushmore.

  • Mount Rushmore was mostly carved during the Great Depression.

  • On average, Mount Rushmore has about 3 million visitors a year.

Association with Native Americans

The Black Hills was an area historically connected to the Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Kiowa tribes. The tribes gathered medicines needed for healing and ceremonial use. The Black Hills were sacred to the tribes. When Mount Rushmore was built on the Black Hills, it broke a treaty.

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