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

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

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  • No sculpture illumination October 6, 7 and 8, 2014

    Due to replacement of the lighting system, the sculpture will not be illuminated on October 6, 7 and 8, 2014. The mountain will be illuminated for 30 minutes, beginning 1/2 hour after sunset, October 1- 5, and will resume nightly on October 9, 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

2) How much did the sculpture cost?

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

6) Were there any deaths during the carving?

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Many American Indian tribes used prairie coneflower to treat headaches and to produce a yellow dye. This flower blooms at Mount Rushmore from late June to September.