The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month of 1918. It's the day that World War I came to an end. The following year, Americans celebrated Armistice Day on November 11.
Mount Rushmore has two big birthdays this year. First, the National Park Service turns 100 years old. And Mount Rushmore National Memorial celebrates the 75th anniversary of its completion.
Blue flax is one of the most common flowers found at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the meadows around Keystone in late spring and early summer. Native Americans added seeds from this plant to their food for added flavor.
Wild flax, often called pale flax, is a cousin of the cultivated flax that has been grown for thousands of years to produce linseed oil and linen fabrics.
There’s an old political joke -- we first heard it during the Carter administration, but it’s been applied to every president since.
Q. Why won’t they add President ______ to Mount Rushmore?
A. There’s not enough rock for two more faces.
But there is a bit of truth to that. In fact, when sculptor Gutzon Borglum began his carving in 1927, he intended to put Jefferson to the left of Washington. In fact, crews spent time roughing in the third president’s visage to Washington’s left. But the rock surface proved unstable, and Borglum ended up blasting it off and starting again to Washington’s right.
Occasionally folks will ask how long the four faces of Mount Rushmore will still be visible. After all, even the sturdiest materials eventually succumb to wind and water.
Geologists estimate that the Mount Rushmore loses about an inch of rock every 10,000 years, so Mount Rushmore will likely be around for some time.
A few flakes of snow were visible today, not an unexpected sight in the Black Hills of South Dakota on Nov. 18. But snow does stir the heart, because the Black Hills are as much fun in the winter as they are in the summer. More fun, a few diehard souls would argue.
Darrell Red Cloud, a fifth-generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, gives presentations at the Youth Exploration Area at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On this day, he was talking about the connection between sculptor Gutzon Borglum and the Native Americans.
The Youth Exploration Area is a great way for children (and adults) to learn more about Native American culture. There are lots of images and an authentic Native American teepee.
Darrell’s presentations are never the same, and he covers a wide range of topics. Definitely worth looking for if your family is going to Mount Rushmore this summer.
There are few things more American than Mount Rushmore National Memorial. That’s why a number of newly naturalized American citizens choose the monument as a backdrop as they take the Oath of Allegiance to their new home.
Last week, 184 new citizens took the Oath of Allegiance during a ceremony attended by more than 700 people. There was a great story about the ceremony in the Rapid City Journal. The new citizens were from 49 countries. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken presided over the ceremony.
Tourists who happened to be visiting the Shrine of Democracy got a bonus. As “God Bless America” played on the sound system, new citizens crossed the stage. Perhaps they, too, left with a deeper understanding of what it means to be an American.
Came across this trailer for "North by Northwest" one of Alfred Hitchcock's classics. Mount Rushmore has a starrring role.
'We have come here to dedicate a cornerstone laid by the hand of the Almighty. ...The union of these four presidents carved on the face of the everlasting Black Hills of South Dakota ... will be distinctly American in its conception, in its magnitude, in its meaning. ... No one can look upon it without realizing it is a picture of hope fulfilled.'
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum and President Calvin Coolidge had a rocky relationship (so to speak).
Even before Borglum had begun the carving of Mount Rushmore, he had annoyed the 30th president. Back in 1924, when Borglum was promoting his plan to carve Stone Mountain, Ga., into a Confederate memorial, he persuaded Coolidge to support a plan to mint special 50-cent coins to help raise money for the project. The coins were minted, but Borglum abandoned the project.