It was supposed to be one of the highlights of our road trip. Neek, Sar and I were driving up to see the iconic sculptural monument known as Mount Rushmore National Memorial. It was rainy as we drove up Highway 244 in South Dakota on our way there, but we were hopeful the sky might clear enough to get a view of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and (Theodore) Roosevelt carved in granite.
The idea to carve these icons of American history into Mount Rushmore, which was named after Charles Rushmore, a New York lawyer who had mining claims in that area in the 1880s, began in 1923 when historian Doane Robinson thought it would be a great way to promote tourism in South Dakota. Continue reading