Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The four figures carved in stone on Mount Rushmore represent the first 150 years of American history. The birth of our nation was guided by the vision and courage of George Washington. Thomas Jefferson always had dreams of something bigger, first in the words of the Declaration of Independence and later in the expansion of our nation through the Louisiana Purchase. Preservation of the union was paramount to Abraham Lincoln but a nation where all men were free and equal was destined to be. At the turn of the Twentieth Century Theodore Roosevelt saw that in our nation was the possibility for greatness. Our nation was changing from a rural republic to a world power. The ideals of these presidents laid a foundation for our nation as solid as the rock from which their figures are carved. Each man possessed great skills and leadership of the brand our nation needed for the times.
Today millions of visitors come to see Mount Rushmore and visit the Black Hills, the Black Hills of South Dakota have always held a special meaning. The American Indians have considered these hills sacred for centuries and today Mount Rushmore is considered a sacred place to people from many different cultures and countries. To some it reflects Patriotism; to others it reflects the natural beauty of our nation, to some it represents a great work of art and still to others it presents a challenge for them to begin to share their own cultures. Each visitor to the memorial is able to find within himself his own idea of what it reflects and hold that idea true.
The Black Hills for centuries have been a place of healing and
reflection. This belief is still alive today at the memorial where
millions of visitors come each year to reflect on their surroundings at
Mount Rushmore, the larger than life sculpture, the magnificent Black
Hills scenery, and wildlife.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial provides self-guided and ranger-guided
opportunities for you to explore the history, art and science of this
mountain sculpture and its setting.
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