Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-08-02 08:42:40 | Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States Keywords:monument, sculpture
After visiting the Crazy Horse monument (link), we headed for Mount Rushmore with its giant busts from four of the most important Presidents of the USA: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Those Presidents were chosen because of their importance in the creation, expansion and preservation of the country.
But the initial reason to have these sculptures done wasn't patriotism, but money. Some businessman who owned lots of land in South Dakota wanted to attract people in, so he had that idea.
Started in 1927 and finished in 1941, just months after its creator (sculptor Gutzon Borglum), is still not complete according to the original design to portrait the presidents from waist up, but lack of funding due to war halted the work.
The faces are 60 feet (18 m) high and are oriented south so they are lighted most of the day.
The monument is the most visited tourist attraction in South Dakota, with over 3 millions visitors a year. The busiest week of the year is the week of the Sturgis festival. Sturgis is not far from Rushmore and their annual bikers gathering brings in thousands of bike enthusiasts from all over the country.