• Mount Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, Lincoln framed by ponderosa pine trees under a bright blue sky.

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Who created the sculpture?
Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers.

2) How much did the sculpture cost?
$989,992.32.

3) How long did it take to build?
14 years
October 4, 1927 - October 31,1941

4) Are the faces eroding?
No, The estimated erosion rate is
1 inch every 10,000 years.

5) Who is the mountain named after?
Charles E. Rushmore, a New York City
Attorney, in 1885 who was out here on
business.

6) Were there any deaths during the carving?
No.

Did You Know?

Jefferson on Washington's left

The figure of Thomas Jefferson was originally started on Washington's right side. After 18 months of carving the figure of Jefferson had to be blasted off the mountain and restarted on Washington's left side.