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
Close-up of Mount Rushmore
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