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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone

 
The faces of four U.S. presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln - are carved in granite at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Not only is this colossal work of art a stunning achievement it is a memorial to American history. Partake in a ranger-guided walk and learn about the four men honored here. Tour the sculptors studio and find out what preparations such a large sculpture required. Visit the Visitor Center and discover fun facts about America’s past.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Alfredo De Simone

Ranger, Mount Rushmore

Ranger, Mount Rushmore

Alfredo De Simone

Sculptors Studio at Mount Rushmore

Sculptors Studio at Mount Rushmore

Alfredo De Simone

Mount Rushmore National Monument

Mount Rushmore National Monument

Alfredo De Simone

 
Gutzon Borglum

Gutzon Borglum, born March 25, 1867 in St. Charles, Idaho, is an American sculptor best known for creating the presidents' heads at Mount Rushmore. Borglum studied art in Paris and spent time in England and France. Borglum began his career as a painter in California and only turned to sculpture after meeting Auguste Rodin and in following of his younger brother Solon. Borglum's preferred theme was heroic nationalism and he loved to sculpt on a gigantic scale. Prior to sculpting Mount Rushmore, Borglum sculpted a bust of Abraham Lincoln, which was exhibited at the White House of Theodore Roosevelt, and carved the bust of Robert E. Lee on Georgia's Stone Mountain. Borglum died before Mount Rushmore was completed.

 
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