• 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.

Historical Letters and Legislation

South Dakota State Historian Doane Robinson.

South Dakota State Historian Doane Robinson.

National Park service.

South Dakota State Historian, Doane Robinson, was the first to contact Sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, in 1924 to talk over the idea of a mountain carving in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Read Doane Robinson's letter to Gutzon Borglum letter. PDF
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

Charles d'Emery

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum's reply to Doane Robinson telegram PDF

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Approximately 400 different people worked at Mount Rushmore during the carving process from October 1927 to October 1941. Although this work was dangerous, no lives were lost during the sculpting of the mountain.