Did you know that when Mount Rushmore was originally planned, the sculpture was intended to depict the presidents all the way down to their waists?? It’s true!
The monument, featuring the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, was carved by Gutzon Borglum and 400 other workers, working under Borglum’s direction. Construction began on October 4, 1927, and over 408,233 tons of rock were blasted off the mountain to create the carvings.
The monument’s distinctive appearance is familiar to virtually every American, and hard to imagine any other way. However, it is, in fact, unfinished. Due to a lack of funding, construction ended in 1941, but you can see the artist’s original vision for the monument from the concept photo above!
Want to learn more about Mount Rushmore? Check out National Parks: Mount Rushmore on Discovery Education Streaming!