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 Do Mount Rushmore?
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a well-known monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is a sculpture of four former United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The 60-foot-high granite carvings of these four presidents have become an iconic symbol of America’s history and its commitment to democracy.
But how long did it take to create this awe-inspiring monument? The project was initiated in 1927 by the South Dakota state historian, Doane Robinson. He wanted to create a monument to honor the early leaders of the United States. Robinson found a sculptor willing to take on the project: Gutzon Borglum. Borglum had already completed several sculptures of presidents, including the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Borglum began work on the mountain in 1927 and completed the project in 1941. It took 14 years for a team of 400 workers to carve the four presidents into the mountain. The workers used dynamite and jackhammers to remove 450,000 tons of rock from the mountainside. They then carved the figures of the presidents into the stone and put a final polish on the faces. The workers also built trails and roads in the area to