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The faces of four presidents are carved into the granite rock face of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, located 23 miles from Rapid City in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The 60-foot busts were carved by John Gutzon Borglum and a team of craftsmen from 1927 to 1941.  Each president was chosen for his contributions to America:  Washington, as the father of our country and leader during the Revolutionary War; Jefferson, as the author of the Declaration of Independence and for his role in the Louisiana Purchase; Roosevelt, for seeing through the completion of the Panama Canal, linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans; and Lincoln, for keeping the Union together through the Civil War, and embodying the ideals of equality and freedom for all.  Each night during the summer, an evening lighting ceremony illuminates the busts against the sky, highlighting this awe-inspiring monument to American ideals.

Mount Rushmore - South Dakota - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt
Close-up of Mount Rushmore

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