Panoramic View of Mount Rushmore

The idea for Mount Rushmore was conceived in 1923 by Doane Robinson to promote tourism in the state of South Dakota. Robinson convinced sculptor Gutzon Borglum to travel to the Black Hills region in 1924 to ensure the carving could be accomplished.

Three shot handheld panorama
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The original plan was to create carvings in granite pillars known as the Needles. Borglum quickly realized that the thin eroded Needles would not support sculpting. He chose Mount Rushmore partly because it faced southeast and enjoyed maximum exposure to the sun. 

Originally known to the Lakota Sioux as "The Six Grandfathers", the mountain was renamed after Charles E. Rushmore during an expedition in 1885.


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