Mount Rushmore Facts for Kids
- Name: Mount Rushmore
- Location: Pennington County, South Dakota, USA
- GPS Cordinates: 43°52’44″N 103°27’35″W
- Building Type: Colossal Sculpture
- Built: Between October 4th, 1927 and October 31st, 1941
- Annual Visitors: 2.3 million (2018)
- Annual Revenue: $142.2 million (local communities, 2016)
26 Mount Rushmore Facts for Kids
- Mount Rushmore is a colossal sculpture carved into the side of a mountain.
- Mount Rushmore is also known as the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
- Mount Rushmore is sometimes referred to as the Shrine of Democracy.
- Mount Rushmore is in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, USA.
- The GPS coordinates to Mount Rushmore are 43°52’44″N 103°27’35″W.
- The address to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is 13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751.
- The concept of Mount Rushmore is credited to South Dakota historian Doane Robinson.
- Mount Rushmore was designed and sculpted by American sculptor Gutzon Borglum.
- Mount Rushmore contains the heads of four U.S. Presidents.
- Each of the President’s heads on Mount Rushmore are 60 feet high.
- The four U.S. Presidents heads on Mount Rushmore, in order from left to right are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
- The four U.S. Presidents on Mount Rushmore represent the United States of America’s birth, growth, development, and preservation.
- U.S. President George Washington represents the birth of the United States of America.
- U.S. President Thomas Jefferson represents the growth of the United States of America.
- U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt represents the development of the United States of America.
- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln represents the preservation of the United States of America.
- Gutzon Borglum, his son and 400 other workers sculpted the President’s heads on Mount Rushmore.
- The construction of Mount Rushmore started on October 4th, 1927.
- The construction of Mount Rushmore ended on October 31st, 1941.
- In 2018, over 2.3 million tourists visited Mount Rushmore.
- In 2016, it’s estimated that local communities around Mount Rushmore generated $142.2 million from tourists.
- At the time, it cost $989,992.32 to create Mount Rushmore. At the time, this was an enormous amount of money. In 2019, adjusted for inflation the project would cost over $14.5 million.
- In facts, Mount Rushmore was originally designed to contain the head to waist depiction of each U.S. President. However, the funds ran out and the project was never completed.
- The most complete U.S. President on Mount Rushmore is George Washington.
- One of the other locations suggested for this memorial was The Needles of the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA. This site was abandoned as a potential location due to the poor quality of the granite. This site was also considered sacred ground by the Lakota (Sioux), and they strongly opposed the use of this location.
- Nick Clifford was the last living carver of Mount Rushmore, sadly he passed away in November 2019.
Pictures of Mount Rushmore
A beautiful picture of Mount Rushmore as the sun is rising.
A picture of Mount Rushmore from the highway that passes it.
A close-up picture of George Washington on Mount Rushmore.
A close-up picture of Thomas Jefferson on Mount Rushmore.
A close-up picture of Theodore Roosevelt on Mount Rushmore.
A close-up picture of Abraham Lincoln on Mount Rushmore.
Find More Facts About Mount Rushmore
- Offical Website for Mount Rushmore – Discover visting hours, facts and other information about Mount Rushmore on its offical website.
- More Mount Rushmore Facts – Learn more awesome facts about Mount Rushmore on the CNN website.
- Mount Rushmore Virtual Tour – Visit Mount Rushmore from the comfort of your home with a virtual tour on CYARK.
- Mount Rushmore – Wikipedia – Find more information and facts about Mount Rushmore on the Wikipedia website.