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 Mt Rushmore?
Mt. Rushmore is a massive sculpture of four of the most prominent presidents in U.S. history. The sculpture is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota and is a popular tourist destination. While many people are familiar with the iconic sculpture, fewer people are aware of how long it took to construct the monument.
The project to build Mt. Rushmore began in 1927 and took a total of 14 years to complete. The original plan was to carve the heads of the four presidents into the face of a mountain in the Black Hills. The sculptor chosen to undertake the project was Gutzon Borglum, a Danish-American artist.
The actual carving of the four faces into the mountain began in October of 1927 and continued until 1941. During this time, 400 workers were employed to complete the project and Borglum worked closely with them to ensure that the details and features of the faces were correct.
The entire process of building Mt. Rushmore was a difficult task. The workers had to battle wind, rain, and extreme temperatures throughout the years. They also had to battle the sheer size of the mountain, which was more than 5,500 feet tall.
In addition to the physical challenge of carving the faces of