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Mount Rushmore:

Mount Rushmore was pretty busy while we were there. We got parked and went in and the ladies got their books stamped and I took them back to the car and met them at the restaurant where we had lunch. After lunch we did the Presidents walk, getting a lot of photos along the way. We checked out the museum after the trail walk, then hit the souvenir shop, got our stickers and called it done. The gals had a good time but both Linda and Diane had their struggles with the walk but managed it quite well. They have gone back to the masks in buildings but it appeared that there was a much higher percentageof folks that have had enough of the foolishness and are not complying which is a good thing to see.

American History, Alive in Stoneā€¦

Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share.

George Washington, First President of the United States

Born 1732, died 1799. Washington led the colonists in the American Revolutionary War to win independence from Great Britain. He was the father of the new country and laid the foundation of American democracy. Because of his importance, Borglum chose Washington to be the most prominent figure on the mountain and represent the birth of the United States.

"The preservation of the sacred fire of Liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." George Washington

Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States

Born 1743, died 1826. Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world. He also purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states. Gutzon Borglum chose Jefferson to represent the growth of the United States.

"We act not for ourselves but for the whole human race. The event of our experiment is to show whether man can be trusted with self - government." Thomas Jefferson

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Born 1858, died 1919. Roosevelt provided leadership when America experienced rapid economic growth as it entered the 20th Century. He was instrumental in negotiating the construction of the Panama Canal, linking the east and the west. He was known as the "trust buster" for his work to end large corporate monopolies and ensure the rights of the common working man. Borglum chose Roosevelt to represent the development of the United States.

"The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight - that he shall not be a mere passenger." Theodore Roosevelt

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

Born 1809, died 1865. Lincoln held the nation together during its greatest trial, the Civil War. Lincoln believed his most sacred duty was the preservation of the union. It was his firm conviction that slavery must be abolished. Gutzon Borglum chose Lincoln to represent the preservation of the United States.

"I leave you hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal." Abraham Lincoln

The Associated Tribal Nations of Mount Rushmore National Memorial

National Park sites are obligated to engage in meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal nations, particularly when policies, actions, and regulations have direct effects on the nations connected to these sites. This obligation is not only a legal one but an ethical one as well. Many National Park sites occupy spiritually and culturally important places to Native peoples, and possess histories often marred by dispossession and exclusion of Native peoples from these sites. Mount Rushmore National Memorial currently consults with 21 associated tribal nations.
  • Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
  • Crow Tribe of Montana
  • Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation
  • Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
  • Fort Belknap Indian Community
  • Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
  • Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
  • Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation
  • Northern Cheyenne Tribe
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe
  • Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska
  • Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribal Council
  • Spirit Lake Tribe
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota
  • Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara)
  • Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota
  • Yankton Sioux Tribe
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