A Trip Across the Country - Stop 2

A Trip Across the Country - Stop 2
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Completed in 1941 under the direction of Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln, the sculpture’s roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The site also features a museum with interactive exhibits.
— Google

Mount Rushmore has never really been something we’ve wanted to see. However it was on the way and we figured why not. The drive up to it was beautiful, full of gorgeous trees, lots of wildlife, and snow. Snow, of course, was the one thing we didn’t pack for. We are used to flying everywhere and when you fly you have to minimize what you bring. Hiking boots are heavy and so we left them at home and this would have been the perfect time for them. As well as some cold weather gear, something we need to do on our next trip is to check the weather at all the stops before packing! It’s summer in Wisconsin and at our end destination. So we didn’t really think there would be snow along the way. Learn from us, research your stops so that you can bring all the things you need.

As I am sure you know Mount Rushmore is a National Monument. We got to the top just after 8pm and discovered that it was just a rock. Now don’t get me wrong it’s a unique piece of art. Carving into the side of a mountain and getting it right, because there’s no undo button, is a miracle in itself. But at the end of the day, it’s just a rock that the country puts a lot of sentimental value on. There isn’t a lot of information about the area before the carving. Things I’d like to know include;

Was this rock significant before it was carved?
How much damage to the surrounding area was caused due to the carving?
What was Borglum’s end goal with this project? (unsure if these questions would have been answered if the museum had been open)

The thing I found most interesting but didn’t take pictures of due to the amount of people, was the walkway between the parking lot and the observation deck. It was full of flags. You can kind of see it in the above picture. The flags are from each state and are all unique. I would have loved to have spent more time look at each individually and maybe read the details of the flags, if such information had been available..

Due to the cold, the time, and our lack of pre-planning we didn’t spend much time up at Mount Rushmore. The drive down was beautiful too and if anything else I highly recommend the drive just to see nature at it’s best. Otherwise it really is just a rock.

Have you been to Mount Rushmore? What are your thoughts on National Monuments?

(see our Mount Rushmore selfie here)

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