1925: National Memorial
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteCan anyone imagine, in this day and age, that a new Mount Rushmore would ever be approved, much less encouraged by the National Park Service and Congress? But let's move back in time to the heady 1920's, 1927 in fact, when the economy was booming and the United States had begun to see itself as a world power. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers began carving the likenesses of four Presidents on the southeast face of a granite mountain in remote South Dakota.
What You're Going to SeeThe 60-foot faces are best seen in the morning light. In the summer evenings, floodlights light up the Monument. There is a visitors center and Museum, which orents visitors to the memorial and the Black Hills area. There are two theaters inside the museum, and a bookstore. Visitors can take the Presidential Trail to the base of the mountain, where the presidents' faces can be viewed straight-on. Even the workshop of the sculptor Borglum is open during the summer months.
Personal ObservationsSomeday. Ya, sure, you betcha.
Getting ThereFrom Rapid City, South Dakota, take US 16 south for about 20 miles, then take Alt. US 16 south for a couple of miles to Keystone. Highway 244 takes you two miles west to the Monument.
Nearby AttractionsWind Cave National Park is about 20 miles due south. Jewel Cave National Monument is about 20 west southwest. Badlands National Park is about 40 miles to the southeast. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is about 70 miles to the east. Devil's Tower National Monument is 80 miles to the northwest, in Wyoming.