Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mount Rushmore

As you most all know that Mount Rushmore is a massive granite carving which stands as a timeless symbol of freedom and independence. Each of the presidents commemorated on the mountain contributed to the essence of democracy. George Washington was selected to represent the struggle for independence,
Thomas Jefferson for the idea of government by the people, Abraham Lincoln for his ideas on equality and the permanent union of the states and Teddy Roosevelt for the 20th century role of the U.S. in world affairs.

The carving began Aug 10, 1927 and was finished 14 years later. Only about six and a half years were spent actually carving the mountain, the rest were weather delays and lack of funds. The total coast was $900,000. Money well spent, I would say.

We chose to drive the Iron Mountain Road to get to Mt. Rushmore, which might not have been the best idea Bob has ever had, he who hates height and narrow roads with no railings. Anyway that's the way we went. Three one way little tunnels having sighs telling you to blow your horn before entering to make sure no car is coming the opposite way. Other than that it was such a long, narrow road through the woods with many hair-pin turns and curvy turns. I'll tell you Bob breathed easier when we reached the end. Have a happy day.

1 comment:

Dawn said...