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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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.

cat

June 5, 2013

i have been to crazy hourse and it was a wonderful expireincee and this summer im going to go see mt. rushmore.

Beth

May 27, 2013

I think it's a sacred site, and we should stop defacing it with politicians.

BAAB

May 21, 2013

Rosa Parks should be added to this monument.

sexy beast

May 16, 2013

ive never seen it but i want to

MrB

May 5, 2013

See you this summer. Looking forward to taking some good pictures. Love this kind of history.

DjSlice

May 5, 2013

@ Skeeter... This land was owned by native Indians always, so it was theirs to begin with...

pammy

May 1, 2013

I think they did a beautiful job on everything involved,my father was Joe Alexander,and Cookie Dede my mother.They passed away before I was a teen.But i do know one true fact,they played beautifully together.Oh how i miss and love them.Pamela

Skeeter

April 3, 2013

Although I intend to help protect every National Park, Mt. Rushmore was in fact stolen from the Native American Indians of the area. Last I heard there was 4 Billion Dollars (interst has compounded) in an account meant to pay these Natives for this Mountain they carved our leaders in. The Tribe will not take the $$. So Sad and Wrong

wild boy

March 26, 2013

awesome i love the veiw! great history

jaketiger23

March 26, 2013

still havent been, going this summer

tiger289

March 4, 2013

it was ok i have been better places

Lefty

March 3, 2013

After seeing a bit on Mt. Rushmore, I wasn't too surprised to figure as to WHEN it was made. Only thing is, I thought it was made during the Great Depression (but found out it was made, I believe, during the roaring '20s).

banana

February 8, 2013

I went there when I was like 4 so I don't remember very much but it sounds cool.

der da der

January 29, 2013

1941 is the year it was finished being built

Sandi

January 25, 2013

We love Mt. Rushmore and have been many times. Last time, this past summer was the latest. I bought a sweatshirt of MT Rushmore on it and it had the number 41 on it also. What does the # 41 mean??

toobad

December 31, 2012

This is an amazing engineering feat to have carved this out of the mountains. Worth seeing if you can stomach the fact that at some point in the past a private concern somehow swung a deal to hold the monument hostage to an $11 parking fee. Walk in is free. Right! 4 miles uphill from Keystone. Otherwise, no pay, no access to the monument or the visitor center. No Natl. park passes of any kind are honored.

rockcarver

December 7, 2012

To the persons upset by the parking fees....The National Park Service realized that the old facility was designed to host a couple hundred thousand visitors a year but was trying to accomodate about a million. Funding was raised to upgrade the actual visitor facilities (the sewage treatment plant is serious state of the art) but the Feds wouldn't or couldn't come up with funding for improved parking. A number of investors stepped forward and raised money to cover the amazing parking facility so that you wouldn't have to walk 3 miles uphill from Keystone to see the monument. The parking fees are there to retire that debt. If you get there early in the day, visit the museum, hike the trails, listen to the incredible Park Interpretors talks, then it is worth every penny and then some. But if you have the attention span of a mayfly and are just stopping to snap a quick pic and run, don't waste your time. Justdownload a photo from the internet and photoshop yourself into it.

twomags

December 2, 2012

I am researching the monument for a children book of geography that my wife and I are entertaining. We hope to visit soon.

Luke

November 26, 2012

Very nice place to visit. Nice facts also.

Mike

November 20, 2012

I love Mt Rushmore as my family did the work on it and are proud of it. When ever I go home to keystone the first thing I do is go to the mountain awesome every time I see it

Incognito

November 19, 2012

Absolutely astonishing fellow artist and i love it no matter what I wish we would have finished horseman though bc we did owe it to the indians that were already living there

Roadtripmaster

November 18, 2012

Comparing Mount Rushmore with Crazy Horse is a joke. I have to tell you, this is my opinion ok, Crazy Horse will NEVER be finished, it is a money making monster just the way it is, why spend the money to finish it? It is a joke, a con and I couldn't get out of there fast enough. They charged a fee to park, the thing is miles away from the "visitor center" and it cost money to get any closer. Then another fee they are more than happy to take (over a hundred bucks as I remember) to go up on it for a special tour. Mount Rushmore was FINISHED in about 12 years as I remember, I understand Crazy Horse monument is a lot bigger, but next to nothing has been done to it in years. It is moving at a snails pace because they have the "visitors center" that is about 40k square feet of "souvenirs" . It's a super market of souvenirs, why finish the monument, that store is FULL every day with people buying things, the place is a scam. I am behind the thought of it, ok, that is all well and good to honor the Native American. But that place is a SCAM and like I said, I felt like I needed to take a shower after leaving there it was so smarmy it make me gag. It is most certainly not a "honor" to the Native American, it is an embarrassment.

Newsdog

October 31, 2012

As a Vietnam Veteran, I chose to do "my duty" even though I didn't agree with our cause/commitment in this undeclared war. While our country is far from perfect, and sometimes slow to correct wrongs, I will stand proudly at the base of Mt. Rushmore when my wife & I visit (for the 1st time)sometime next year. I will be proud to stand and marvel at the long overdue Crazy Horse monument under construction. To those of you who can only complain about symbols of our heritage - you disgust me. Especially, bringing up something about the sculptor being a member of the KKK. While it is an ignorant organization, that can only use fear, not logic to intimidate, it's irrelevant. With that logic, you're are a hippocrite if you drive a Volkswagon (peoples car), since Adolf Hitler directed its creation. America is like a big family in my mind, and I don't know about your family, but there's a wingnut or or two in my family tree that I'm not to proud of, but I still love my family.

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