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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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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 (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.

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

By Laural A. Bidwell

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

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South Dakota resident Laural A. Bidwell offers her firsthand experience and advice on Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills–including the Southern Hills, the Badlands, and Keystone. Bidwell provides unique travel strategies such as Best Hiking Trails, Viewing Wildlife, and Fossil Collecting in the Parks, Grasslands, & National Forest. With expert tips on the best dining, shopping, accommodations, and camping, Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Mount Rushmore (Pull Ahead Books) (Pull Ahead Books (Paperback))

By Judith Jango-Cohen

Lerner Publishing Group
Paperback (32 pages)

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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 (472 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.

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

By Charles River Editors

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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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.

Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #1: The Mount Rushmore Calamity

By Jeff Brown

Harper Collins
Released: 2009-04-21
Paperback (96 pages)

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Saddle up with Flat Stanley

Ever since Stanley was flattened by a bulletin board, every trip is an adventure!

The whole Lambchop family is off to see Mount Rushmore. But when Flat Stanley and his brother, Arthur, team up with a scrappy cowgirl named Calamity Jasper, their vacation turns into the Wild West experience of a lifetime. Pretty soon, they find themselves in a real tight spot—even for a flat boy like Stanley!

What Is Mount Rushmore? (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: American Symbols)

By Laine Falk

Childrens Pr
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What Is Mount Rushmore? (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: American Symbols)
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- Simple interior design and easy-to-read fonts
- Websites for further research and information
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- Clean design for easy readability and comprehension

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

By Laural A. Bidwell

Moon Travel
Released: 2013-04-30
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South Dakota resident Laural A. Bidwell offers her firsthand experience and advice on Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills–including the Southern Hills, the Badlands, and Keystone. Bidwell provides unique travel strategies such as Best Hiking Trails, Viewing Wildlife, and Fossil Collecting in the Parks, Grasslands, & National Forest. With expert tips on the best dining, shopping, accommodations, and camping, Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Mount Rushmore Guide Laminated Card

By Franko Maps Ltd.

Franko Maps Ltd.
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A handy guide before your visit to this national treasure, and a great souvenir after! Map, fun facts and history of the monument, with wonderful photos. All on a sturdy, laminated card. 5.5" x 8.5" with hole for lanyard.


 
 
 

 
 
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