4 faces

Although the passageway doesn't completely reflect Borglum's vision because it's missing some ornamental designs, he can rest easy knowing that the aliens that visit our planet 10,000 years from now will know who Teddy Roosevelt was.carved into the side of Mountain Rushmore in the  

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 

Timeline of Mt. Rushmore.
Behind Lincoln’s head.
The vision of the monument's designer, Gutzon Borglum, the room was designed to hold copies of America's most sacred documents.Hidden Room

60 years after Borglum’s death, the Hall of Records was never completed,

but his vision was at least partially honored in 1998 when the vault was opened.
An unfinished chamber.


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