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A closeup view of President Thomas Jefferson’s head in the Mount Rushmore carving.

“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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granite mountain, historical monuments, james emerson, jefferson on rushmore, mount rushmore south dakota, roca mia design, stone carvings, thomas jefferson, ftrd2010, ftrd2011

Comments

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezabout 4 years ago

    this is amazing………… and this pace is amazing. good on you for letting us have this info. i once saw a documentary on it. whew!!!!!!!!!!! what a history behind it and what a forever beautiful . awesome capture my friend

  • Thank you very much, Isa!

    – rocamiadesign

  • BingoStar
    BingoStarabout 4 years ago
    Great shot
  • Babbler
    Babblerabout 4 years ago

    beautiful

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingabout 4 years ago

    It is a gorgeous area and what a superb close up of Jefferson…..wow

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 4 years ago

    Genius. I love how you show the detail/colors in the rockface!!!
    AMAZING!!!!!

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouilleabout 4 years ago

    I love them all. A fabulous collection. :)

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Excellent detail!

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoabout 4 years ago

    A unique look at our State’s national shrine. Well done,

  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • icesrun
    icesrunalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderufl capture!!

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