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Local historian Doane Robinson came up with the idea for Mount Rushmore in 1923 in order to promote tourism in South Dakota.
Carving of Mount Rushmore was started on October 4, 1927 by Gutzon Borglum, a famous Dutch-American sculptor who was selected for the Mount Rushmore project.
At his death in March 1941 his son, Lincoln Borglum, continued the work and it was completed later that year on October 31, 1941.
Initially, it was planned for the figures to be carved from head to waist, but a shortage in funding didn’t allow for this.
President Franklin Roosevelt