"Unfinished Icon of the Founding Fathers" Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Rushmore National Memorial by atufft

Inspired Patriotism in South Dakota's Black Hills

Originally intended to become a tourism magnet into the Dakotas, the Mt Rushmore Memorial project was fully funded by the Federal government and managed by the National Parks Department. Yet, the sculptor, Guzton Borglum, and his son Lincoln, were artists that championed a style of art in America that included strong patriotic belief in American heroic achievement and nativism. The gigantic scale of Borglum's work at Mt Rushmore was not unique, as his career included several such works around the country, but Mt Rushmore is by far his most famous work. The figures of Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln are actually an unfinished work that would have included fully standing figures, and potentially at least, the additional figure of Susan B. Anthony. While Calvin Coolidge dedicated the project in 1927, funding for the project ended in 1941, midway through WWII, when patriotic efforts were needed elsewhere in the world.

  • Last visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial: Jul 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Nice page bringing back good memories of my time spent here!

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Well, Roosevelt was the first to send a Naval expedition, but wasn't the first naval circumnavigation the United States Exploring Expedition?


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