Four Presidents by rocamiadesign

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A closeup view of the four U.S. presidents, whose heads grace the cliffs of Mount Rushmore. Jimmy climbed the mountain to get this shot, something I’m glad I didn’t know about until later. The slopes below the carving are covered with scree, litter that was created by the sculptors.

“Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota in the United States. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and later by his son Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres (5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.

South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. Robinson’s initial idea was to sculpt the Needles; however, Gutzon Borglum rejected the Needles site and chose the larger Mount Rushmore. Borglum also decided the sculpture should have a more national focus, and chose the four presidents whose likenesses would be carved into the mountain. After securing federal funding, construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents’ faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum’s death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Though the initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced construction to end in October 1941.

The U.S. National Park Service took control of the memorial in 1933, while it was still under construction, and manages the memorial to the present day. It attracts approximately two million people annually."

(The above information was taken from the article on wikipedia)

Jimmy took this photo on his way back home from Tennessee. His sister-in-law told him she would pay for the extra gasoline if he would make a detour and bring home photos of Mount Rushmore.

Photo taken in March, 2010, with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. Image copyright James M. Emerson. No use of any kind allowed without written permission.

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  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 5 years ago


  • Fractal3dArt
    Fractal3dArtalmost 5 years ago

    great shot…fine detail and color!

  • BingoStar
    BingoStaralmost 5 years ago

    Great shot of all the presidents That looks really cool. Very good capture.

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingalmost 5 years ago

    Terrific photo! love the clouds also……

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouillealmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture with great details and colours. :)

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanalmost 5 years ago

    Great! I always wondered what this really looked like!!

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    An impressive work on the part of the sculptors and a great capture!

  • Dorothy Venter
    Dorothy Venteralmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic. Thanks for all the info.

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuirealmost 5 years ago

    Great work! V.

  • atomikboy
    atomikboyalmost 5 years ago

    Might have a snooze in one of their eyelids someday!!!

  • LOL! Be prepared for a climb, and watch out for all the scree. It’s hard to get a good foothold, more like one step forward and two slides back.

    – rocamiadesign

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