Checking stuff off the bucket list

We did a thing this past weekend. We drove to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore NM is on a lot of people’s bucket list so I guess visiting it towards the end of the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t exactly the worst move. It was clearly not as crowded as it usually is, and we actually got to walk around. Some of the access was blocked (some due to Covid-19, some due to construction), but I’m so glad we went. Next time we pay a visit to Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln, we’ll go at night when the memorial is all lit up.

A few facts: The carving started in 1927 and was deemed complete in 1941 although the project wasn’t actually ever really completed. Funding stopped and the original sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, died in March of 1941. His son Lincoln continued the project. It took about 400 workers to carve the 60-foot-high memorial. In total, about 800 to 900 million pounds were taken out of the granite face of Mount Rushmore to sculpt the memorial. The memorial, located in the Black Hills near Keystone, SD, cost just under $1 million, which would equal to about $18 million in today’s money. It’s actually much less than I had anticipated…

 

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