Seventy-Five Years Old…

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This year, 2016, brings a birthday celebration to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the state of South Dakota, USA. The monument is 75-years-old.

The biggest sculpture project in the lives of Gutzon and (son) Lincoln Borglum, the memorial consists of the faces of four American Presidents carved into the native rock of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Finished in its last several years by Lincoln Borglum after the early death of his father, the memorial’s construction employed 400 plus men and took nearly 14 years to complete. The project  was twice stopped, refunded by interested and generous collaborators, and was the most consuming obsession of Gutzon Borglum, who began its work with huge vision, but very little financial support.

Borglum’s genius applied to the mammoth project allowed for an inch of rock erosion every 10,000 years. And with a draw of over three million visitors annually, the rock solid Presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln — should be around for a long time to come.

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