Greetings from Mount Rushmore National Memorial

I stopped in many places during a 1993 US road trip. My visit to Mt Rushmore had particular meaning because I have a BA in American History and have read several presidential biographies. I think the current historical trend, to explore both the negative and positive aspects of America’s history and people, is a good one. Burying the truth about our history does a favor to no one who comes after us. I was even more moved by the Wounded Knee memorial I saw on that trip.

Mount Rushmore


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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