Shrine Of Democracy
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Shrine of Democracy by Lucinda Walter
Photographed at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, USA.
We Are One Nation and the USA remains a land of opportunity. This national monument stands for hope for all.
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American History, Alive in Stone...
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is visited by nearly three million people each year that come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and learn about the birth, growth, development and preservation of the country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share.
Every year, the many visitors to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota draw inspiration from the colossal portraits of four outstanding presidents of the United States: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Gutzon Borglum carved his gigantic Shrine of Democracy Sculpture into ancient granite high on the southeast face of Mount Rushmore “in commemoration of the foundation, preservation, and continental expansion of the United States.” The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt are about 60 feet high, and the grouping extends approximately 185 feet along the crest of Mount Rushmore. Dark ponderosa pines and other evergreens set off the stark white sculpture. Added at the time of the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence in 1976, a flag-lined formal Avenue of Flags creates an impressive approach.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a unit of the National Park System, is located 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, SD via U.S. 16. Click here for the National Register of Historic Places file: text and photos. The Information Center and the Lincoln Borglum Museum (named in honor of Gutzon Borglum’s son) are open from 8:00am to 5:00pm October 1-May 23; from 8:00am to 10:00pm May 24-August 14; from 8:00am to 9:00pm August 15-September 30. These times are subject to change from year to year. Visits should begin at the Information Center. The Lincoln Borglum Museum has exhibits on the carving of Mount Rushmore, two 13-minute films, an information desk, restrooms, and a bookstore. The Sculptor’s Studio, closed in the winter, displays models and tools used in the carving process. The half-mile Presidential Trail begins at the Grand View Terrace and provides access to viewing sites below the faces. There is no admission fee to the park; there is a charge for parking.
July 3rd, 2015
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