Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota are the iconic faces of four former presidents of the United States--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These men were chosen to represent the first 150 years of American history and America’s cultural heritage.

The idea came from Doane Robinson to promote tourism in South Dakota and his idea was wildly successful--the park attracts almost 3 million park visitors every year. Gutzon Borglum designed the sculpture. Though he passed away before its completion, over 400 workers helped bring his vision to life.

Today visitors come to appreciate this colossal man-made creation, learn about the design and construction process, appreciate its significance as a symbol of the American history of “monumental” leaders, and to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Black Hills region.

—Caroline Griffith

If You Go

Not everyone was pleased with the decision to carve four American presidents on a mountain that held spiritual significance for the Lakota tribe. In response, a memorial to Crazy Horse is being carved in the Black Hills 17 miles away from Mount Rushmore. Once completed the Crazy Horse Memorial will be the largest outdoor sculpture in the world. Visitors who get an early start can see both of these incredible sculptures in one day.

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Denfore

August 9, 2015

I will be going to Mt Rushmore in 2 weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday. Cannot wait to remove this one from my bucket list as I have never been.

Sgot

August 6, 2015

We have a job to do in the present,,,no matter what race, creed or color each of us may be: to be respectful to each other, and to the land we live on. If we don't learn how to do this, we will continue to have the kinds of behaviors that lead to mistrust and brutality to our fellow man, as well as to be continually to damaging the earth. When he was alive, my uncle used to repair the faces on Mt Rushmore, hanging over the edge on a little seat held by ropes. He was very respectful towards the land of the Black Hills, and also of the Indians who still live there. If it had been his choice would never have defaced the rock with a sculpture, no matter who was depicted there. He pioneered rock climbing in the area, and wouldn't even leave a piton in the rock, so as not to mar the beauty of the land. He did not hold resentment towards the people who originated or built the monument. He enjoyed the challenge of working at the site. He lived in the present, and held no grudges. He felt the land is sacred, as the Indians do. I say, do your best to respect every living creature and to preserve the beauty of the earth. Live in the present, and don't get hung up in the past. There was plenty of disrespect and mutilation to go around in the past. I say follow my uncles's lead, and don't make it worse, make it better.

neb red

August 2, 2015

And Teddy had a sense of humor. I love that guy.

Pedro

July 12, 2015

Teddy didn't own any slaves either.

kyky

July 6, 2015

I went. I saw. I left. I was disappointed. If you hold up your hand you can nearly cover the entire monument. The fact that someone made that is amazing. I just think that the monument is more about the gift shop than the experience.

Johnny Dee

July 3, 2015

Just to correct Big Daddy who obviously is permanently angry and thereby not part of the solution, Abraham Lincoln never owned a slave, EVER! Check your history before libeling our greatest President.

Danl

June 17, 2015

In response to Ozweepay; some gotta win, some gotta lose, that is what life is all about man. Learn to live with it, cause it ain't gonna change.

Nickster

June 16, 2015

I've been their many times, every time i learn something new, and I see new things

Ozweepay

June 8, 2015

So cool! Invade the land, kill virtually all of them, send the survivors to live in some dead wasteland... and that's not enough! Let's carve the faces of their conquerors into the land they used to love and then sell pepsi cola and cotton candy in a little store nearby! Cuz 'Merica... that's why

CutieKait

June 7, 2015

I am doing a state project on South Dakota. At first, it seemed really boring, but now that I am 2 months into the project, I am relizing that this is one of the funnest states in the US.

Nancynurse

April 12, 2015

Looking forward to visiting Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the General area. It is part of our American History. Good and Bad. We cannot erase it so lets enjoy and absorb all of it and somehow learn from it. Hopefully grow from the experience! I agree we should take steps to Honor the Indian tribes that were involved by offering them statutes of their great Men as well. hoping to create Balance as a positive move forward. Am anxious to see it. It is on my Bucket list.

CHRIS

March 27, 2015

We are taking our Scout Troop to South Dakota for a week in June 2015. One of the stops will be at Rushmore it will be a great trip and the boys will remember it for the rest of their life.

Iowan

February 16, 2015

I went there 35 years ago with my Dad but I don't really remember it firsthand. I am taking the family in the Summer of 2015. I think every kid needs to see things like this. We are also going to go see Devils Tower which I have never been to.

yoda

December 20, 2014

I hope I get to go there soon and see this, I feel sorry for people who are trapped in their pass and can't get on with their lives and if you knew mine you would understand this. praise be to God for our freedom here. I love America I love God for letting me be apart of this America and not living in a country where we are not safe. Bless all Americans may our freedom ring every where on this Earth.

faith

December 1, 2014

what is the climate in mount rushmore

Larry

November 28, 2014

Right now Mount Rushmore is at a state like a car without brake lines, it's unfinished, we have billionaires everywhere, let's get some donations going, $1,000,000 donation to keep the park running for 10 years, additional donations in the future, you can bet the 400 workers want to come back and finish it up even after 70 years, their spirits want to finish it up and be at rest again

Canuck

November 9, 2014

I visited this area in May of 2014. Although I am from Canada this site along with Crazy Horse, Custer City, Deadwood, and Bear Country have created a grater interest for the history of this area. Anyone who is seeing this only as a tribute to four presidents from America's past is not seeing the true intent of this and the Crazy Horse monument. Look into this deeper and surprise yourself with the great history of this area. Since I have been home I have been reading via the internet to understand the history of this western area, the native inhabitants, the many great attractions as well it's true history. I hope to go back some day with a much better understanding of this region, the people that created the history, and the people that remind us through their creations of this history. In short these sculptures have created an interest within me. Look at these monuments as not only great feats by a previous generation, but as a reminder that there is a history that is there for the interest of all who look for it.

becky

October 27, 2014

i like this page it is very resourceful.

JDAVIS

September 21, 2014

My wife and I just visited this magnificent creation! So proud to be an American. Also visited Crazy Horse, what a great vision. It is already an amazing site. We are hoping to see what the next several years will bring. We are truly honored to be able to visit this site and to be on the special land on the People that we here before us.

Big Daddy

September 8, 2014

You shall not make for yourself a carved image!!! Being a Black American I find Mt Rushmore to be another insult to minorities everywhere. Four slave owners being recognized for what? Some people just don't get it and unfortunately its the people who are making decisions about America. We (Americans) are slowly being taken apart and if America does not wake up WE are headed destruction. Funny thing is all WE have to do is treat everyone with respect. Make sure that everyone is treated the same regardless of their ethnicity and culture. Unfortunately America still refuses to respect all people and until that happens, America will continue to fall. America is the best country, WE just have very poor leadership and it started with those four individuals on MT Rushmore!!!! P.S I know some will read my post and think just another black person who cannot get over the past. I admit that sometime I wonder how could whites be so evil to do the things they (whites) did in the past and continue to do today. However its really not about the color of people's skin, its about the money in their pockets!!!!! We all know that rich people (white or black) can get away with murder and everything else!!! Rich whites have a better chance however!! just saying lol y'all have a good day!!! Much Love Big Daddy!!!!

Lizzy

August 24, 2014

I visited Mt. Rushmore and found it to be very interesting and educational. It is a 'Must See' - highly recommend it for family vacations. I am happy to learn that preservation of Native Americans is being recognized and would love to go to the Crazy Horse memorial!

Two Gun Jack

August 12, 2014

Mount Rushmore is disgusting, an insult to the Sioux people. We should as Americans be fully aware of the genocide perpetrated against the original inhabitants of the land we took. As far as it being "in the past", I wonder what the inhabitants of the Sioux reservations, the poorest areas of the nation would have to say. Our government has broken every treaty it ever made with the Sioux and if you remember it promised the Black Hills, their sacred land would remain theirs forever. Instead we defaced it with a monument to 4 white men and we continue to exploit the land of the Sioux for minerals, oil and gas. I could go on.

Duck

August 5, 2014

Went when I was 10 and it was amazing to me.Also camped in Custer State Park,that was a blast.Mount Rushmore is a must! And for all u who have a gripe about where its carved,get over it that is in the past! Why do you keep wanting to live there? God Bless Mount Rushmore :)

luke

June 12, 2014

Mt Rushmore was awesome! But went to the gift shop to look around and discovered most everything was made in China. I did find a postcard that was made in USA. Was very disappointed that we couldn't have American made products sold in our national parks. Makes me wonder if the Chinese run our park service.As Americans I thinlk we should boycott the gift shop until they sell 100% USA!

Gabby

May 29, 2014

In my opinion, I should be on it too. :P

dude

May 28, 2014

i went to mount Rushmore a couple years ago and i thought it was great but i think Theodores head should have been a little more to the right

Blake - Zero2

May 8, 2014

I think that Mount Rushmore looks good. I will go with my family to Mount Rushmore in the summer.

Ricky d donken!

April 29, 2014

I think your 100% Right!

Randasia

March 23, 2014

I just went to Mt. Rushmore and I saw everything it said that you would see! This is a great site!

curio

March 9, 2014

Someone mentioned a monument of Obama. Remember, these types of sites are only for the GREAT presidents, which he is not!

nick

March 3, 2014

I love Mt Rushmore

Holyz

February 28, 2014

I am so excited to visit Mount Rushmore. I will be traveling there this Apil 2014 and I can't wait to see it with my own eyes.

hawkeye

February 16, 2014

I was visiting Mt. Rushmore last year and found it to be very interesting. If you go you MUST go to the Crazy Horse museum. The carving is far from being finished but with all due respect to Rushmore the Crazy Horse nuseum is far superior to anything at MR. Remember that at MR you only pay for your parking ($11). At CH museum there is a charge to enter the gates. If yoiu want to go to the carving they provide a bus but at a further charge. Although we weren't happy about the charge they are not funded by the Gov't.

andy

February 13, 2014

I am taking a trip in May to see Mt. Rushmore. It will be one of the last road trips with my best bud Cash. Does anyone know if dogs are allowed in the park?

CallmeGreen

February 10, 2014

This is on my bucket list for next year, its been a life long dream. Would be great to have another monument to recognize more current presidential standouts - Kennedy, Reagan, Obama.

loudpack

February 6, 2014

this site gives people a reson to remember the great people in our nations history like the for people in the side of that huge rock so i think we should buld more things like this to rember so of the other people in our nations history that chinged the way we live today

YOLO/ Ericm

February 3, 2014

Its a cool place

rose

January 1, 2014

Mount Rushmore is awesome my mom went there and still has pictures!

Johnand Gertrude Timmermans

December 7, 2013

We visited here in 1995. It has to be one of the 8 wonders. It is awesome, I want to see it again.

Kirito

December 6, 2013

Why Were They chosen To Be The Ones On Rushmore

g

November 8, 2013

WE'VE ALREADY BEEN BUT WE'D LOVE TO GO AGAIN. IT WAS AMAZING AND WE HAD SO MUCH FUN....

LEL

October 14, 2013

If heard it cost $15,000 per day to operate Mount Rushmore National Park. Why so much?

Joe

September 25, 2013

My Rushmore is a great National Park. We need to get over who else should be on it and whose sacred land it was. It is done and over with. Enjoy it.

Kahuna

August 20, 2013

I have that picture of the B52 flying in front of Mount Rushmore in my home office!

joe

July 25, 2013

would love to go some day

Hai...Wakaru

July 25, 2013

Those of you who poke fun or look down at these monuments discust me.

h. jablomi

July 22, 2013

If you are ashamed to be an American because of Mt. Rushmore then move to another country.

Carliona4life

July 12, 2013

I went here when I was younger and it was awesome! The mountain is so much bigger when you get closer and its just amazing! I never forgot that day, best day of my life other than our Yellowstone trip.

grace-note

June 30, 2013

Finally! I've seen Mount Rushmore with my own eyes. My grandparents visited it during a 1955 summer road trip and brought home postcards and photographs. Their descriptions of the site and the surrounding Black Hills intrigued and excited me. I was seven years old and promised that I would see it myself one day. I went to the public library and asked the librarian for more information. We looked in every encyclopedia they had for pictures and history. For 58 years, I treasured every reference I found, every book and article. And when we got a computer and went online for the first time, Mount Rushmore was my very first search. After seeing the movie "The Bucket List", my husband asked what was on mine and I immediately said "Mount Rushmore!" This past Monday, June 24, 2013, we finally got there in person. All the years of anticipation made the experience even more special. It was even more than I expected! I loved that everything except parking was free. The National Parks people were helpful and cheerful. They all seemed to "get" the significance of their workplace. Do not miss a chance to go there! I can mark this one off my bucket list....but I WILL be back!

Sheldon Cooper

June 17, 2013

The concept of Mount Rushmore is noble and should have been constructed, just not on a plot of land that the native people of this land consider sacred. Unfortunately it has already been done. A respectable and genuine gesture of togetherness would be to put 2 heads, one on the left and one on the right, of the 2 most significant people of the Lakota tribe's history. This would symbolize the growth and joining of the people of the world.

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