The 60-foot bust memorial was the vision of sculptor gutzon borglum and took 14 years to complete. From 1927 to 1941 men and women worked to blast and carve the faces of presidents george washington, thomas jefferson, theodore roosevelt and abraham lincoln into the south dakota mountain.
How Long Did It Take to Build Mount Rushmore?
Mount Rushmore is one of the most iconic American monuments in the world, and it has become a symbol of the United States’ rich history and culture. It is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and stands as a tribute to four of the United States’ most iconic presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
The construction of Mount Rushmore began in 1927 and was completed in 1941, making it a project that lasted over 14 years. The idea of carving the mountain came from South Dakota State Historian Doane Robinson, who wanted to create a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. The project was taken on by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who chose the four presidents for the sculptures and began the lengthy process of carving the mountain.
The first step in the process was to create a model of the mountain, which would be used to plan out the faces of the presidents. This model was created by Borglum in 1927 and it took three years to complete. Once the model was finished, the actual carving of the mountain began in 1930. The process of carving the mountain was a slow one, as it was done entirely by hand. This necessitated the use of dynamite and