• Mount Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, Lincoln framed by ponderosa pine trees under a bright blue sky.

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

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  • No sculpture illumination October 6, 7 and 8, 2014

    Due to replacement of the lighting system, the sculpture will not be illuminated on October 6, 7 and 8, 2014. The mountain will be illuminated for 30 minutes, beginning 1/2 hour after sunset, October 1- 5, and will resume nightly on October 9, 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Who created the sculpture?
Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers.

2) How much did the sculpture cost?
$989,992.32.

3) How long did it take to build?
14 years
October 4, 1927 - October 31,1941

4) Are the faces eroding?
No, The estimated erosion rate is
1 inch every 10,000 years.

5) Who is the mountain named after?
Charles E. Rushmore, a New York City
Attorney, in 1885 who was out here on
business.

6) Were there any deaths during the carving?
No.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Mountain Goats are not native to the Black Hills. The population can be traced back to six goats, a gift to Custer State Park by Canada in 1924, that escaped from their pens and found their home among the granite peaks of the Black Hills. There are now approximately 200 mountain goats in the area.