What are some Mount Rushmore facts for kids?


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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the United States. Doane Robinson was a local historian who thought of the idea in 1923 because he wanted to get more people to come to South Dakota.

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What are some Mount Rushmore facts for kids?
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The artist who started the project was a Dutch-American sculptor named Gutzon Borglum. He died in 1941 before the project was completed, so his son took over for him.

The four American presidents on Mount Rushmore are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

It took a total of 14 years to finish the entire carving. It began in October of 1927 and was completed in October of 1941.

There were more than 400 people that helped carve Mount Rushmore, and even though climbing all 506 steps was dangerous, nobody died during the carving of the monument.

The original plan was for each president to be carved from his head to his waist, but there wasn't enough funding to do that.

The sculpting of Mount Rushmore cost $989,992.32.

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