Any ideas why are there uptrend on the number of tourists and travelers to Black Hills? I would think this is largely attributed to an enormous sculpture on the side of Mount Rushmore, i.e. Mount Rushmore Memorial, which was carved into the south-east face of a mountain in South Dakota, at a height of 1,737 m (or 5,700 ft) above sea level.
What is so special about this sculpture? None, but a reminder of four important figures in American history, i.e. faces of former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. If you were to look down from its position high above the Black Hills, I am sure you will agree with me that this majestic memorial to American history is spectacular to behold.
To what I know, Mount Rushmore was conceived by Doane Robinson way back in 1923 as a mean to attract more people and tourists to the Black Hills of South Dakota, and the job was undertaken by a sculptor named Gutzon Borglum. Why Mount Rushmore was chosen for the work was believed due to it was the highest peak in the area and its south-eastern facing site meant it would receive sunlight for most of the day, something what Chinese say about good feng shui facing, I think.
President George Washington’s face was the first to be carved on 4 July 1934, followed by Thomas Jefferson’s in 1936, Abraham Lincoln’s in 1937 and Theodore Roosevelt’s was the last to be dedicated in 1939. However, it was said what we seen today of Mount Rushmore Memorial was an unfinished work by Borglum due to his sudden death in 1941 and that the funds used to run the project ran out a few month later.
Whatever it is, many believe Mount Rushmore will continue to be a major tourist attraction to the Black Hills that remind us of these four important figures in American history.
When is the best time to visit Mount Rushmore Memorial? September to October or April to May, as visitors and tourists numbers are peak between June and August.