Admit it: you’ve always wondered what Mt. Rushmore looked like before the presidential sculptures were done.
|Mt. Rushmore c. 1905|
Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, did the work starting in 1927, and it was completed in 1941. The Borglums and their crews blasted more than 400,000 tons of stone off the face off the mountain.
It wasn’t always called Mt. Rushmore. The granite bluff was named after Charles Rushmore, a wealthy New York lawyer, in 1885.
The Lakota Sioux name for the mountain was “The Six Grandfathers.”
Too bad the federal government didn’t authorize carving their likenesses into the face of the bluff.
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