Year of 2017

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

Happy Presidents Day! Perhaps the lines at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be a little longer today. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate place to celebrate this holiday. How do park workers keep this monument looking good? One trick is to keep water out of the cracks of the sculpted portion of Mount Rushmore. And that’s done with simple silicone sealant, disguised with a sprinkle of granite dust to hide the seal. Do the tabloids know that even these towering presidents have had a little work done?

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a batholith in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, United States. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The memorial park covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level.
Address: 13000 Sd-24457751, Keystone, SD 57751
Phone: (605) 574-2523
Established: Mar 03, 1925
Area: 2 sq miles (5.17 km²)
Annual visitors: 2.19 million (2012)