Featuring the heads of the four Presidents of the United States- (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln) Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, US is an iconic specimen of craftsmanship. To put it simply, Mount Rushmore National Memorial happens to be a piece of sculpture which is actually engraved into the “face” of Mount Rushmore – which again – is a batholith situated in the Black Hills in Keystone. It was sculptor Gutzon Borglum who went on to helm the sculpture’s design and supervised the project from the years 1927 to 1941. His son Lincoln Borglum was there by his side.
Why these Four Presidents?
The mountain couldn’t necessarily have excluded someone as important as George Washington quite simply because he was the founding father of the nation. Roosevelt featured there because he was instrumental in conserving and promoting industrial development. Thomas Jefferson signed the Louisiana Purchase and even helmed the Declaration of Independence. Abraham Lincoln led the country during the Civil War.
Needless to say, this one remains one of the major tourist attractions of the United States of America. Today, in the course of the post, we will go on to explore a few nuances of this enduring structure. Make sure you are reading on before embarking on a trip.
Its History Unveiled
Now, if you delve into the history of this icon, you will actually come to know that though it was Borglum who was at the helm of things here, it was actually historian Doane Robinson who had actually gone on to conceive this particular edifice. It is believed that the whole idea of featuring heads of famous personalities on the mountain was to draw tourists to the place. Needless to say, today it universally features high on the bucket list of every traveler out there. Not only has it featured in popular works but has also been consistently portrayed in other trendy works. What more? Let us tell you that the mountain at present is actually visited by 3 million visitors per year. It must be said that Robinson’s idea to draw tourists to this place have actually worked and how!
It should also not be forgotten that Robinson also wanted to have the likeness of a few Western heroes sculpted in the nearby stone pinnacles that are known as Needles. These Western heroes were Oglala Lakota leader Red Clout and Buffalo Bill Cody among others.
Mount Rushmore is tourist spot
It should, however, be pointed out that Mount Rushmore has not really been ideated with only tourism in view. Since time immemorial, it has been regarded as the strongest most enduring symbol of democracy in the United States of America. The four American Presidents whose faces feature here represent growth, birth, preservation, and development of the country. It is open for public viewing throughout the year with hotels, parks, walking trails, gift shops and even dining rooms to boot. Travelers have access to six National Park Service sites. What more? The South Dakota State Park System also has a whopping 56 state parks along with recreational areas that offer you a glimpse of the stretches of prairies, lakes, back-country Mountains and lush green woods. Travelers can actually bring in their kids here, quite simply because this place allows plenty of room to play around.
A few of the notable landmarks that you should explore without fail are
- George S Mickelson Trail
- Hartford Beach State Park
- West Whitlock State Recreation Area
It will definitely be prudent on your end to acquaint yourself with the climate of the place before you’re actually venturing out. This place is primarily governed by humid continental climate. Mount Rushmore is actually in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone of 5a which only means that there are certain plants that are unable to withstand temperatures below -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Notably, May and June remain the wettest months of the year. If you start educating yourself about its climate further you will actually come to learn that there are times when orographic lifts even end up causing brief yet strong thunderstorms in the afternoon as well. So, do you think that the wettest months in Mount Rushmore don’t comply with your comfort? If yes, then make sure that you’re avoiding this time.
Actually acquainting yourself with these nuances – while planning your trip - actually helps you make an informed decision regarding your trip. Do not really go on to plan your trip in a rush.
The fact that such an iconic edifice remains open throughout the year for tourists might as well tempt you to plan a quick trip there but it would be prudent on your end to conduct necessary research – irrespective of whether you are making an impulsive move or not!
During your research, you will also come across reviews that will actually tell you about the eating and shopping experiences of tourists out there. So, make sure you are doing your homework before exploring your options – without fail. Hopefully, this rundown has been able to offer you substantial information about the place. Don’t commit the mistake of heading out without keeping your research materials handy.