The Hidden Chamber Within Mount Rushmore

A Dream Cut Short

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Photo Credit: National Parks Service

The Hall of Records was intended to be a glorified time capsule. Gutzon Borglum’s ultimate goal was for future generations to find the entrance and learn the history of the United States and all of its accomplishments. Unfortunately, Borglum died in 1941 before the entire monument could be completed. His son Lincoln stepped in to oversee the completion of the project.

His death and America’s involvement in WWII put a halt on the Hall of Records but not the monument itself. For decades, the hall remained nothing more than a tunnel that had been cut into the side of the mountain. It remained that way until decades later when others decided to honor Borglum for what he had done and intended to do for the United States.