The work was exciting, but dangerous. 90% of the mountain was carved using dynamite . The powdermen would cut and set charges of dynamite of specific sizes to remove precise amounts of rock. Before the dynamite charges could be set off, the workers would have to be cleared from the mountain.
How Did They Build Mount Rushmore?
Mount Rushmore is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States. It is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and features the 60-foot-high faces of four presidents of the United States. The monument was designed by Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum, and the construction took place over a period of 14 years, from 1927 to 1941.
The first step in the construction of Mount Rushmore was to select the four presidents who would be featured on the sculpture. The selection of presidents was based on their contributions to the nation’s history. In the end, the four presidents chosen were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Once the four presidents had been chosen, the construction of the monument began. The plan was to carve the faces of the presidents from the rock of the mountain. To do this, workers had to first blast away the rock from the mountain face with dynamite. Then, the workers used chisels, hammers, and other tools to carve away the rock to create the features of the presidents.
The workers also had to take care to preserve the integrity of the mountain while they constructed the sculpture. To ensure that the mountain remained strong, they used