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- Mount Rushmore
- THE AMERICAS
- Alt Name:
- United States
- Late Modern (1800AD-1945AD)
- 1900AD - 1999AD
- Keystone SD
- George Washington
- Rapid City,
- The White House, The Washington Monument,
Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial,
about Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore is a granite mountain in Keystone, South Dakota carved with the heads of four of the Presidents of the USA.
Begun in 1927, the work to create Mount Rushmore was carried out by 400 sculptors. It was intended that each figure be shown from the waist upwards, but the project ended prematurely in 1941 when funds ran out.
The four figures represented at Mount Rushmore are the first US President and founding father George Washington (1732-1799), third president and also a founding father Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), sixteenth President Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) and twenty-sixth President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919).
There are guided tours of Mount Rushmore (30 mins) or visitors can rent an audio guide (30-120 mins). A trip to Mount Rushmore usually lasts around 2 hours.
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Address: Mount Rushmore, 13000 Highway 244, Keystone, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 574-2523
Mount Rushmore is located in Keystone, South Dakota off Highway 244. It is around 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, which is off I-90. From there, take Highway 16 towards Keystone, followed by Highway 244 to Mount Rushmore. Alternatively, if travelling from the south, take Highway 385 north and then join Highway 244. Note that there is no public transport and that GPS system’s don’t recognise its postal address (the nearest point of reference is Keystone, SD 57751, which is 3 miles east of the site).
Most of the facilities at Mount Rushmore are open daily, 8am-5pm (Visitor centre to 10pm from 29 May-14 Aug and 9pm from 15 Aug-30 Sept). When the audio tour building is closed, go to the information centre. Entry is free, but an annual parking pass costs $10 ($50 for a bus).
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