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 Carve Mount Rushmore?
Mount Rushmore, with 60-foot sculptures of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, is one of America’s most iconic landmarks. But how long did it take to carve the mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota?
The project to carve Mount Rushmore began in 1927 and was completed in 1941. It took a total of 14 years to carve the colossal sculptures and the entire project cost about $989,992. The total cost of the project was shared by the federal government and the state of South Dakota.
Gutzon Borglum, a Danish-American sculptor, was hired to design and carve the monument. Borglum began work in October 1927 and the first blast was set off on October 4. In the beginning, Borglum and his workers used dynamite to remove some of the rock and then refined the details with hammers and chisels.
By 1929, Borglum had finished the head of George Washington, and the other three presidents were finished over the next decade. Unfortunately, Borglum died in March 1941 before the project was finished. His son, Lincoln Borglum, took over and finished the project in October 1941.
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