Mount Rushmore Essay

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How many of you have ever visited a memorial or monument before? Tons of monuments have been built in the United States as memorials dedicated to important events or people in American history. Yet, the most fascinating monument has been Mount Rushmore Memorial. Mt. Rushmore is located in South Dakota’s black hill national forest and it is one of America’s most popular tourist attractions. This monument is best known for its four gigantic carved sculptures depicting the faces of the U.S presidents and it was built to honor each of these presidents for their contribution to the birth of democracy and the growth of the United States. Over generations, millions of tourists have come to view the granite face sculptures to what now represent …show more content…
At that time Gutzon was working on carving images and Robinson encouraged him to visit South Dakota. Borglum visited the state and reviewed his proposal. He suggested for it to be a monument that would reflect the black hills and embody the first 150 years of the nation. He also suggested that the subjects of mount Rushmore had to be presidents. He decided the presidents would be George Washington and Abraham Lincoln because it would attract more national interest. Later he would add Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt in recognition of their contribution to the United …show more content…
Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States. He represented the development of the United States. Roosevelt was chosen because of his leadership in the development of the country in the early 1900s and because of his contributions to conservation, business and the creation of the Panama Canal. His dedication was given on July 2, 1939. The last president to be carved on mount Rushmore was Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States (1861-1865). Lincoln represented the preservation of the country through the civil war. Lincoln was selected because he leaded the country through some difficult years, ended slavery and leaded the country after the civil war. Lincoln’s dedication was on September 17, 1937. Each of these presidents represented an important era including the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries because of their contributions to the growth of the United states. Mount Rushmore is significantly important because it not only depicts the faces of the four presidents but it has a historically significance in all those people who contributed to the built of this beautiful monument. Also because it reflects 150 years of history in the United States, including the development of the country and important events that took place during the

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