Mt. Rushmore National Memorial Visit

While returning from our recent trip to Vermillion, SD, we visited Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This place has sculptures of the heads of four former US presidents. In above picture they are (left to right): George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). These four presidents represent the first 150 years of the history of the United States.

 I liked the place around. It is hilly region and specially I love to drive on roads passing through such landscape. Hills are covered with evergreen pine family trees. The monumental graphite sculpture was created by  Gutzon Borglum in 1941 and is is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level. The sculpture is 60 foot big and it took ~14 yrs for 400 workers to carve it on the stone of the hill. This place is one of the main tourist attraction of South Dakota state. Approximately two million people visit this place every year. Noted that during winter it is covered with snow and not accessible to general public.  During our visit-actually stop by, there were many people even though the weather was not very good.
I and Rajendra with Mt Rushmore shirts

Picture quality is not good. These pictures were taken by a camcorder. If you are somewhere in this area, you should definitely visit this place. During summer you can also do camping.

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