Greetings from Mount Rushmore National Memorial

We were in North Dakota, at a campsite, planning our first ever visit to Mt. Rushmore. The day started with cloudy skies and rain. As we drove up the mountain, we realized that we probably couldn’t see Rushmore …we were right. It was totally concealed by fog! I was disappointed to the point of tears, completely surprising myself. We had planned to continue our journey that afternoon but realized we couldn’t go on until the fog lifted so that we could see the mountain. By mid-afternoon, it had quit raining and the sky looked encouraging so we drove back up to Mt Rushmore…I was awed by the sight! Those glorious, astounding, huge images of Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Wow! We walked up the gray granite, wide walkway lined with granite columns carrying the flags of all states and their date of entry into the United States – this entry framed the mountain and the images. How dramatic and touching! I was almost overcome with emotion – emotion from pride and joy at seeing those historic faces so lifelike and seeing something I’d only seen in pictures for years. The actual was so very impressive! The excellent museum tells the unbelievable story of how the artist was chosen, why THOSE images, and how the work was done .An elegant and beautiful setting and magnificent works of art! (Photo: My sling was protection after rotator cuff surgery.)

Sincerely,
Suzanne

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

This colossal sculpture showcases the iconic faces of four former U.S. presidents intricately carved into a mountain in South Dakota's Black Hills. The 60-foot-tall profiles of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were intended to represent the first 150 years of America's history and cultural heritage.

State(s): South Dakota

Established: 1925

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