Black and white photograph of Gutzon Borglum.

Gutzon Borglum

Learn more about his life and other works of art.

Black and white photograph of Lincoln Borglum in a bosun chair on Mount Rushmore.

Lincoln Borglum

Read more about his role as his father's right hand man and unsung hero of this project.

Black and white photograph of Doane Robinson.
Doane Robinson
Doane Robinson is known as the "Father of Mount Rushmore." It was his idea for colossal carvings in the Black Hills. He wanted to create an attraction that would draw people from all over the country to his state. In August of 1924 he contacted Gutzon Borglum who was working at Stone Mountain, Georgia, on the face of Robert E. Lee. In his letter Robinson invited Borglum to visit South Dakota and talk over the possibility of carving a mountain. Borglum took Robinson up on his offer and met with him during September of 1924 and again in August of 1925. During this second trip Borglum found Mount Rushmore. From that point on Robinson worked diligently to secure funding for the project. Doane Robinson's idea was a success.
Black and white photograph of John Boland.
John Boland

John Boland became interested in the Mount Rushmore project through Doane Robinson in 1925. He was very active in raising funds. It was Mr. Boland that kept the Rushmore project from running up bills it could not pay. Trustworthy and hard working he was the one that had to handle the unpaid creditors until the treasury was replenished.

Black and white photograph of United States Congressman William Williamson.
William Williamson

Congressman William Williamson was the driving force in getting money appropriated from Congress for the construction of the memorial. He was the one who convinced President Coolidge to come visit the Black Hills for a summer vacation in 1927. He also served as a member of the Mount Harney Memorial Society in 1925 until the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society was created by legislation in 1929. He served as secretary, vice-president, and president of the Society.

Black and white photograph of Peter Norbeck.
Peter Norbeck

South Dakota State Historical Society

Senator Peter Norbeck was a champion of Mount Rushmore and all of South Dakota. He was a political leader with a vision for the future of South Dakota. A tireless campaigner for Mount Rushmore, Norbeck orchestrated the political and legislative means to provide federal support in times when funding was difficult to obtain.

Black and white photograph of Charles E. Rushmore.
Charles E. Rushmore, the mountain bears his name.

Charles E. Rushmore

Read his letter to Doane Robinson explaining how Mount Rushmore was named.

Black and white photograph of Franklin Roosevelt.
Franklin D. Roosevelt.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Read his remarks at the Thomas Jefferson unveiling on August 30, 1936.

Black and white photograph of Calvin Coolidge.
Calvin Coolidge

President Calvin Coolidge

Read the speech delivered by President Coolidge on August 10, 1927, at the dedication of the start of work on Mount Rushmore.

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Mailing Address:

13000 Highway 244
Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone, SD 57751


(605) 574-2523
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