A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting Mt. Rushmore. It wasn’t the first time I was there, but this time I spent a lot of time enjoying the scenery, the history and the reason behind the monument.
I also took the hike to the bottom of the mountain and snapped this picture looking up at the granite 4-some. It’s awe inspiring and hard to believe that artist Gutzon Borglum dedicated his life to the project and started it on his own.
Yes, he had some help and the project was finished in 1941 and is now open year round for visitation.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln all sit stoically for the ages. Did you know that this was almost a sculpture of Lewis and Clark? I didn’t until my last visit. I highly recommend it!
While there, I made friends with a German fellow that was also impressed by the monument. I said something to the effect of “This is a fantastic piece of American history, isn’t it” He replied by inviting me to visit Germany to see some “real” history. OK, Ok, I’m sure there are some amazing things to see abroad, but this sculpture is something that everyone should see. I mean it.
Have a great day…I know that a lot of Americans are on vacation right now; I hope your travels take you to amazing places.