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Total cost was $989,992.32
Sculptor - Gutzon Borglum
Main Tools - dynamite and jackhammer
Type of rock - Harney Peak Granite
Carving dates - 1927-1941
# of workers - 400
Each face is 60 ft tall
Each eye is 11 ft wide
Washington's nose is 21 ft long. All other noses are 20ft long
... in Australia. Not unsurprisingly, cell service sucked and we resorted to sending several txt messages back and forth while attempting to fathom the mysteries of the micronnav usbl system, reading the manuals on our cell phones . It was kinda frustrating for us, I can only imagine how grueling it was for Mark.
We drove back down stopping to enjoy Mt. Rushmore illuminated and called it a night.
... took our photos's hastily, and got back on the road. We then drive for hours, across great expanses of land, often seeing no other vehicle in either directions for long spells of time. We stopped for gas (petrol) in Belle Fourche and discovered it was the geographical centre of the USA (see photo's and google it if interested) We then set of about 6 to Mount Rushmore drive through the Black Hill of South Dakota, very pleasant and again passing very few other vehicles. We ...
... the trees as we approached. As my friend Patti had told me, the sculpture was much smaller than I imagined, but no less impressive. We visited the museum, Mattias worked on his junior ranger program and we saw the evening program and the presidents lit up. It was pretty and a very nice program. We didn't get back to camp until well after 10 pm and we all fell quickly asleep....until the rainstorm and lightning woke us ...
Crazy Horse is a hero to the Sioux people. He was a warrior who led a group that defeated one of the two groups of soldiers that would have assisted Custer if they had been able to join him. He then met up with the warriors at Little Big Horn who defeated Custer. At the end of his life he was killed while resisting arrest by the army. He had been asked to come to the fort to talk and ...