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Mount Rushmore


Mount Rushmore
Located near Keystone, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Monument is a memorial that was designed to celebrate the first 150 years of U.S. history. The memorial consist of sculptures of of four American Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.


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Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills: Including the Badlands (Travel Guide)

By Laural A. Bidwell

Moon Travel
Released: 2016-04-26
Paperback (272 pages)

Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills: Including the Badlands (Travel Guide)
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Moon Travel Guides: Find Your Adventure

Experience the open skies of the Badlands, the rolling prairies of the West, and one of America's most famous monuments with Moon Mount Rushmore & The Black Hills. Inside you'll find:

  • Strategic, flexible itineraries, tailored for adventure seekers, families, history buffs, art lovers, road-trippers, and more
  • Recommendations for outdoor recreation, including hiking, climbing, fishing, backpacking, and more, plus essential packing tips and health and safety information
  • The top experiences and unique ideas: Say hi to the carved granite faces of the presidents, then hike red rock canyons and hills covered in ponderosa pine. Spot bison, elk, and mountain goats, and see wild horses roaming the grassy flatlands. Test yourself by climbing the tallest peak east of the Rockies, or get your adrenaline going at a local rodeo. Visit historic sites, galleries, and museums, to learn about Lakota history. Soak in local hot springs, pan for gold, or enjoy the solitude of the prairie and sleep under a field of stars
  • How to respectfully connect with Native American culture, including visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial and attending a powwow
  • Valuable insight from seasoned adventurer and local expert Laural A. Bidwell
  • Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Up-to-date information on park fees, passes, directions, and reservations to Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park
  • Coverage of gateway cities and towns, including Rapid City, Hill City, and Keystone
  • Honest advice for families, seniors, international visitors, travelers with disabilities, and traveling with pets
  • Thorough background on the culture, history, wildlife, and terrain
With Moon Mount Rushmore & The Black Hills, you can plan your trip your way.

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For full coverage of America's national parks, check out Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks.

The Carving of Mount Rushmore

By Rex Alan Smith

Abbeville Press
Paperback (416 pages)

The Carving of Mount Rushmore
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The first book to tell the complete story of Rushmore.

"I had seen the photographs and the drawings of this great work. And yet, until about ten minutes ago I had no conception of its magnitude, its permanent beauty and its importance." —Franklin Delano Roosevelt, upon first viewing Mount Rushmore, August 30, 1936

Now in paperback, The Carving of Mount Rushmore tells the complete story of the largest and certainly the most spectacular sculpture in existence. More than 60 black-and-white photographs offer unique views of this gargantuan effort, and author Rex Alan Smith—a man born and raised within sight of Rushmore—recounts with the sensitivity of a native son the ongoing struggles of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his workers.

Where Is Mount Rushmore?

By True Kelley

Grosset Dunlap
Released: 2015-02-05
Paperback (112 pages)

Where Is Mount Rushmore?
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It was world-famous sculptor Gutzon Borglum's dream to carve sixty-foot-high likenesses of four presidents on a granite cliff in South Dakota. Does that sound like a wacky idea? Many at the time thought so. Borglum faced a lot of opposition and problems at every turn; the blasting and carving carried out through the years of the Great Depression when funding for anything was hard to come by. Yet Mount Rushmore now draws almost three million visitors to the Black Hills every year. This is an entertaining chronicle of one man's magnificent obsession, which even today sparks controversy.

Mount Rushmore (Pull Ahead Books)

By Judith Jango-Cohen

Lerner Publishing Group
Paperback (32 pages)

Mount Rushmore (Pull Ahead Books)
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Have you ever seen a face that's taller than a house? People come from across the country to see the huge faces on Mount Rushmore. Four U.S. presidents are carved on this tall mountain. Just whose idea was Mount Rushmore? And how did workers carve this amazing sculpture? Read this book to find out. Learn about many remarkable sites in the Famous Places series--part of the Lightning Bolt Books(tm) collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books(tm) bring nonfiction topics to life.

Great White Fathers: The True Story of Gutzon Borglum and His Obsessive Quest to Create the Mt. Rushmore National Monument

By John Taliaferro

PublicAffairs
Released: 2004-01-06
Paperback (480 pages)

Great White Fathers: The True Story of Gutzon Borglum and His Obsessive Quest to Create the Mt. Rushmore National Monument
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Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, hoped that ten thousand years from now, when archaeologists came upon the four sixty-foot presidential heads carved in the Black Hills of South Dakota, they would have a clear and graphic understanding of American civilization.

Borglum, the child of Mormon polygamists, had an almost Ahab-like obsession with Colossalism--a scale that matched his ego and the era. He learned how to be a celebrity from Auguste Rodin; how to be a political bully from Teddy Roosevelt. He ran with the Ku Klux Klan and mingled with the rich and famous from Wall Street to Washington. Mount Rushmore was to be his crowning achievement, the newest wonder of the world, the greatest piece of public art since Phidias carved the Parthenon.

But like so many episodes in the saga of the American West, what began as a personal dream had to be bailed out by the federal government, a compromise that nearly drove Borglum mad. Nor in the end could he control how his masterpiece would be received. Nor its devastating impact on the Lakota Sioux and the remote Black Hills of South Dakota.

Great White Fathers is at once the biography of a man and the biography of a place, told through travelogue, interviews, and investigation of the unusual records that one odd American visionary left behind. It proves that the best American stories are not simple; they are complex and contradictory, at times humorous, at other times tragic.

Dick Vitale's Mount Rushmores of College Basketball: Solid Gold Prime Time Performers from My Four Decades at ESPN

By Dick Vitale

Nico 11 Publishing & Design
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Dick Vitale s Mount Rushmores of College Basketball: Solid Gold Prime Time Performers from My Four Decades at ESPN
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One day, I was sitting with a bunch of my buddies and, as usual, the conversation was all about sports. We began to battle back and forth about whether anyone would supplant Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time in the world of basketball. It has been generally felt by many experts that Jordan has not had anyone equal his stature. The fun began as I said, wait a minute, what about King James, LeBron James!
Then the battle began.
Names came flying out, fast and furious. Jordan and LeBron, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, The Big O, Larry Legend, Magic Johnson. The hits just kept on coming. It was an intense back-and-forth, baby!
Well, that gave me an incredible idea. I went to bed that night, tossing and turning, thinking about picking the best of the best in my four decades behind the microphone at ESPN.
Then I simply said, I will call it my Mount Rushmores, the best four in various categories, Yes, the best coaches, players, etc. I think you get the picture.
I enlisted the help of Hall of Fame writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss and former ESPN research guru Howie Schwab to help come up with categories for our All Mount Rushmore teams. Together we developed this concept and I put together my lists for each group.
My friends, let the debates begin. I know you can make a case for different people in several categories. That's the fun part, like being at a sports bar and debating who you liked more.
I could have gone with a number of people for coaching and playing honors. At the end, I made some tough decisions.
I do want to be very clear that all of my Mount Rushmore players and coaches are only from my era at ESPN, which began on December 5, 1979, when I worked the very first major college basketball game on ESPN, which was between De Paul (Number One in the Nation!) vs. Wisconsin. That is the only reason I did not include greats like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and the legendary John Wooden. They were just before my time at ESPN. I have the utmost respect and admiration for those guys!
I hope you enjoy my latest book. It was a lot of fun putting these All-Mount Rushmore teams together.

As with most of my projects, this book is really special to me because all of my proceeds from the sale of it will go to the V Foundation for pediatric cancer research. Please spread the word, as we must all unite to help kids battling cancer.I would appreciate it so much if you would make a donation by telling friends about this book and by going to: www.dickvitaleonline.com. All donations will go through the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Mount Rushmore (Wonders of America)

By Marion Dane Bauer

Simon Spotlight
Released: 2007-05-08
Paperback (32 pages)

Mount Rushmore (Wonders of America)
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Mount Rushmore is the most visited place in the United States. Learn the story about how this wonder of America was made.

M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet (Discover America State by State)

By William Anderson

Sleeping Bear Press
Released: 2005-04-01
Hardcover (40 pages)

M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
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South Dakota is home to an endless supply of American history and Americana. Did you know the world's largest drug store calls Wall, SD home? Or how about the triceratops was one of the state's earliest settlers? What about the prairie the Ingalls family called home? De Smet. Also in South Dakota! The answers to all of these and many more are is the latest Sleeping Bear Press A to Z state exploration - M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet. The state's charm and significance in American folklore goes beyond those four presidents' wonderful mugs and it's all captured here in poem and expository text for citizens and tourists of all ages. M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet is a welcome addition to the Sleeping Bear Press library and is sure to find a special place in homes, schools and libraries throughout the nation. Written and illustrated by the first time pairing of children book pros, author Bill Anderson and artist Cheryl Harness, M is for Mount Rushmore is the tribute to South Dakota readers will love. Well known in South Dakota circles and the country for his Little House work, Bill brings his poignant pen to M is for Mount Rushmore and the verse and text flow with feeling and pride. And breathing life into Mr. Anderson's prose is incredible images of Cheryl Harness. Bringing years of experience and an eye for extraordinary, Cheryl's images capture the grace and wonderment that is South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Unique Monument

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2014-12-11
Kindle Edition (45 pages)

Mount Rushmore: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Unique Monument
 
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*Includes pictures
*Includes accounts of the work by supervisors and workers
*Includes a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“America loves the representation of its heroes to be not just larger than life, but stupendously, awesomely bigger than anything else. If blue whales built statues to each other they'd be smaller than these.” – Simon Hoggart

In the 1920s, plans were made to carve the figures of America's greatest presidents into Mount Rushmore, the tallest spot in the Black Hills of the Dakotas, and by 1939, the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt had been carved into the rock. With that, one of America's greatest national monuments was born.

The four men were certainly worthy of being immortalized in granite, and Mount Rushmore poignantly symbolizes the legacies and legends of the four presidents (which often overshadow the actual men themselves). Every American is taught a pristine narrative of the life and legacy of George Washington and can easily recite the highlights and myths of Washington's life. Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in authoring the Declaration of Independence, laying out the ideological groundwork of the notion of states’ rights, leading one of the first political parties, and overseeing the expansion of the United States during his presidency. Schoolchildren can recite the life story of Lincoln, the “Westerner” who educated himself and became a self made man, rising from lawyer to leader of the new Republican Party before becoming the 16th President of the United States and saving the Union. And at the turn of the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt came to be recognized as the quintessential American, remembered for being a president, explorer, hunter, author, soldier, president, and safari adventurer, all of which combine into one unique reputation.

Given the sheer size and scope of the project, it’s no surprise that Mount Rushmore was a gargantuan undertaking in every conceivable way. Originally envisioned as a monument that would help spur tourism to South Dakota, it took hundreds of workers nearly 15 years to laboriously dynamite and carve the likenesses of the four presidents’ faces into the side of Mount Rushmore about 60 feet up. As if the final product wasn’t ambitious enough, the supervisors originally envisioned carving all the way down to each president’s waist, and including a commemoration of achievements like the Declaration of Independence alongside the figures. Amazingly, the entire project cost less than $1 million and there were no fatalities.

Mount Rushmore: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Unique Monument chronicles the construction of the national monument that commemorates some of America’s most famous individuals. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Mount Rushmore like never before, in no time at all.


 
 
 

 
 
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