The place I chose to talk about today is The Mount Rushmore National Memorial. A sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills, South Dakota, in the United States. Mt. Rushmore pays tribute to four men who revolutionized and shaped the United States of America in its early years, each was important to the development of a nation, and each one was our president. Mt. Rushmore memorializes the birth, growth, preservation and development of the USA. Between 1927 and 1941, Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers spent 15 years carving the four presidents into history. The sculpted of the 60-foot busts of our Presidents are: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln to represent the first 150 years of American history. The sizes of the each President Head are approximately 60 feet, their Nose: Washington’s is 21 feet the rest are approximately 20 feet, their Eyes: are approximately 11 feet wide, and their Mouths: are approximately 18 feet wide.
Some interesting facts about Mt. Rushmore are that Borglum was 60 years old when he began working on the Mount Rushmore monument. Other, interesting facts about why each President was chosen to represent are: George Washington represents the struggle for independence; Thomas Jefferson represents the idea of government by the people, Theodore Roosevelt for the role of the United States in world affairs, and Abraham Lincoln for his ideas on equality and the permanent union of the states.
I also found some books about Mt. Rushmore just to name a few. Mount Rushmore (Pull Ahead Books) by Judith Jango-Cohen, Who Carved the Mountain?: The Story of Mount Rushmore by Jean L. S. Patrick, Mount Rushmore (Wonders of America) by Marion Dane Bauer and John Wallace, Mount Rushmore (American Symbols) by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and Matthew Skeens, and Mount Rushmore (Places in American History) by Susan Ashley.