History & Culture

"The purpose of the memorial is to communicate the founding, expansion, preservation, and unification of the United States with colossal statues of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt."

Gutzon Borglum

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is host to just over two million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. They come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and to learn about the birth, growth, development and the preservation of our country. Over the decades, Mount Rushmore has grown in fame as a symbol of America-a symbol of freedom and hope for people from all cultures and backgrounds.

All the cultures that make up the fabric of this country are represented by the memorial and surrounding Black Hills. One of the most important gifts we can give our visitors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial is an understanding and love for our nation's history and cultures and an appreciation of the importance of caring for that legacy.

President Calvin Coolidge (center) sits next to Senator Peter Norbeck (left) at the 1927 dedication.


Explore some of the people who helped Mount Rushmore National Memorial become a reality.

Lincoln Borglum and Gutzon Borglum in tram car with Thomas Jefferson sculpture in the background.


Find out more about why these presidents were chosen and how the mountain was carved.

A Mount Rushmore ropes team member working near the chins of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.


Learn more about the ways the National Park Service preserves the sculpted faces on Mount Rushmore.

Last updated: April 25, 2021

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Keystone, SD 57751


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