• 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?

Did You Know?

A man-made opening called the Hall of Records was created in the mountain behind the heads on Mount Rushmore. Gutzon Borglum and his carvers worked on the Hall of Records from July, 1938, until July, 1939, but it was never finished.