Monday, December 22, 2008

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

The next place we would like to visit is the state of South Dakota. Why South Dakota? because we would like to see the famous Mount Rushmore. Here are some information.
"In 1933, the Memorial came under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Julian Spotts, a National Park Service Engineer, was sent to the site to work with Borglum. Spotts made suggestions on some of the technical aspects, and upgraded the tram to the top of Mount Rushmore so workers could get up and down the mountain safely, conveniently and quickly. Spotts made improvements to the efficiency of the air compressors as well. Spotts' reports are on file at Mount Rushmore.
Carved into the southeast face of a mountain in South Dakota are the faces of four presidents, a memorial to American history. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln look down from their stoney heights and remind everyone that even the impossible is possible.
For two more years the work continued on the mountain. Details and finishing touches were made. In March of 1941 Borglum died suddenly of an embolism. His son, Lincoln, took over the project for the next seven months, until funding ran out. The carving of Mount Rushmore was shut down and the presidential faces were complete as they stood."