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What are the important historical facts about Mount Rushmore?

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Some important historical facts about Mount Rushmore include that it is the brainchild of Doane Robinson. Other facts include that it is named after Charles E. Rushmore and was deemed complete in 1941.

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Doane Robinson, considered the father of Mount Rushmore, first envisioned some type of tourist attraction in 1923 in order to attract people from all over the country to his state. Gutzon Borglum was carving Stone Mountain in Georgia when he was contacted by Robinson. Borglum took Robinson's idea and expanded on it. He wanted something monumental and of great national significance.

Work started in Mt Rushmore in 1927. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were created on the side of the mountain with dynamite, resulting in approximately 450,000 tons of rocky debris. After 14 years and almost $10 million, Mount Rushmore was declared complete on Oct. 31, 1941. During the work, there were no fatalities among the workers.

The mountain on which Rushmore is carved was originally know to the native people as "Six Grandfathers." The monument was renamed Rushmore after Charles E. Rushmore, a prominent New York lawyer. After the monument was named after him, Charles Rushmore donated $5,000 towards Gutzon Borglum's sculpture of the four presidents' heads.

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