Greetings from Mount Rushmore National Memorial!

We were in North Dakota, at a campsite, planning our first ever visit to Mt. Rushmore. The day started with cloudy skies and rain. As we drove up the mountain, we realized that we probably couldn’t see Rushmore ...we were right. It was totally concealed by fog! I was disappointed to the point of tears, completely surprising myself. We had planned to continue our journey that afternoon but realized we couldn’t go on until the fog lifted so that we could see the mountain. By mid-afternoon, it had quit raining and the sky looked encouraging so we drove back up to Mt Rushmore…I was awed by the sight! Those glorious, astounding, huge images of Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Wow! We walked up the gray granite, wide walkway lined with granite columns carrying the flags of all states and their date of entry into the United States – this entry framed the mountain and the images. How dramatic and touching! I was almost overcome with emotion – emotion from pride and joy at seeing those historic faces so lifelike and seeing something I’d only seen in pictures for years. The actual was so very impressive! The excellent museum tells the unbelievable story of how the artist was chosen, why THOSE images, and how the work was done .An elegant and beautiful setting and magnificent works of art! (Photo: My sling was protection after rotator cuff surgery.)

Sincerely,

Suzanne

P.S. I support the parks because… We must protect our national parks, jewels that if ever lost, can't be retrieved. Our country is immensely wealthy in natural beauty and we must see it as our duty to protect these natural wonders and memorials for generations to enjoy.

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota are the iconic faces of four former presidents of the United States--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These men were chosen to represent the first 150 years of American history and America’s cultural heritage.

  • State: South Dakota
  • Established: 1925
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