One of the places I had always wanted to visit was Mount Rushmore. Reading about the memorial and looking at pictures of the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln carved on the side of the mountain made me want to see the man made wonder for myself.
It was a humongous task for sculptor Gutzon Borglum to carve colossal faces on the side of Mount Rushmore. The project took 14 years to be completed, and it is an amazing success.
Personally, my visit at Mount Rushmore National Memorial inspired me. All the faces carved on the granite mountain all worked for the country’s freedom. Washington was the first United States President, and although he had opportunity to grab power for himself, he declined the opportunity. Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President, and the brain behind the Louisiana Purchase. Lincoln, my favorite, was 16th President of the US, restored the Union and ended slavery in the country. Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th President, promoted construction of the Panama Canal and fueled conservation and economic reform causes.
*We browsed through the exhibit at the Visitor Center which presented the story behind the memorial. The 13-minute orientation film enhanced our experience.
*Mount Rushmore is open year-round, except Christmas Day. Grounds are open 5am to 11pm in the summer.
*Admission is free, but there is a parking fee.
The millions of visitors to Mount Rushmore leave with their patriotism rekindled. I highly recommend a visit.