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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
Today We saw Mount Rushmore!. Mount Rushmore is a giant mountain carving of four of our greatest presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Its carving was begun by Gutzon Borglum in 1927, and continued until 1941, 7 Months after Borglum's death.
... off. We laughed to ourselves thinking it would be like a tourist in Scotland telling us they were photographing rabbits!
We did a trip round the Wildlife Loop road then onto the Needles Highway. Don't know if you have heard of it but worth a Google. Blew our minds! We climbed to 6200 feet and pulled into a view point for a better look. Check out the photo I will upload.
Next was onto Lake Sylvan which was also pretty mind-blowing ...
We leave our "cabin" and take the short drive into Cody. This is an interesting town with lots to do and Lynne & the girls would have liked to stay longer and even gone round the Buffalo Bill Museum, but with over 400 miles today, we needed to get going. Onto to Montana's main city, our namesake Billings. Well a bit of a disappointment, we tried to find the "welcome" sign, but couldn't find the main one, but found one near a skateboard park, frequented by some down & ...
Tired but ready to experience today's adventures, we headed off to Mount Rushmore about 10:30 down highway 16. The town of Keystone, nearest to the monument, was brimming with tourist shops and kitchy souvenirs. We blew right past them.
The giant sculptured heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln were amazing to behold in person. Perched high atop a spired rock mountain, they watched over the land below ...