Making Mount Rushmore

Photograph from Rapid City Chamber of Commerce/National Geographic

Work started in 1927 and took 14 years to finish.

Photograph from Rise Studio/National Geographic

Although the project involved thousands of pounds of dynamite and dangerous climbs  not a single person, of the approximately 400 who worked on it, died during the work.

Photograph from Rise Studio/National Geographic

The workers used red paint to transfer the facial dimensions from Gutzon Borglum‘s models to the mountain. There’s still a bit of crimson under Lincoln’s nostrils today.

See more pictures at National Geographic.

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