The Hidden Chamber Within Mount Rushmore

The Presidential Carvings Weren’t The Original Intention


Photo Credit: National Park Service

They settled on Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Upon seeing Mount Rushmore, Borglum commented that “America will march along that skyline.” Congress authorized the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission on March 3, 1925.

However, carving the faces of the four presidents we see today wasn’t the original intention. At first, they planned to sculpt world famous people to attract visitors from across the globe. They also discussed carving major events from American history. They ultimately decided to go with the sculptures of presidents that we see today.