Mt. Rushmore

Roger Walter

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a rock formation in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, United States. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created the sculpture's design and oversaw the project's execution from 1927 to 1941 with the help of his son, Lincoln Borglum. Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. After discarding other locations in the area, they settled on Mount Rushmore, which has the advantage of facing southeast for maximum sun exposure. Robinson wanted it to feature American West heroes like Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud and Buffalo Bill Cody, but Borglum decided the sculpture should have broader appeal and chose the four presidents.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Who was Gutson Borglum?

  2. Who came up with the idea for carving sculptures on Mt. Rushmore?

  3. How many years did it take to complete the carvings?

  4. Why is it important that Mt. Rushmore faces southeast?

  5. Who did Robinson originally want to be on Mt. Rushmore?


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  1. Would you like to visit Mt. Rushmore? Why or why not?

  2. What is the most interesting place you've ever been? Why?

  3. Who are some famous historical figures in your country? Why are they famous?

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