Surprising story of Mount Rushmore
When looking around the world and thinking of cool places to travel, a top tourist site in the United State is Mount Rushmore. Have you ever seen it? It’s OK if you haven’t, QuizzClub’s fans have got some fun facts about the monument for you. Keep on reading!
By the way, are you good at other world famous monuments? Let’s check your knowledge with these educational trivia questions:
- Why did President Theodore Roosevelt declare the Grand Canyon a National Monument instead of a National Park?
- In what city's harbour is 'The Little Mermaid' statue?
- Where is one standing if he or she is standing before the Brandenburg Gate?
Hope you’ve answered these questions right. Let's get back to our sheep! Mount Rushmore is a huge monument with the faces of President George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson carved into the side of a mountain.
#1 14 years and over 400 workers
In order to make a monument of this size, it takes a lot of time and hard work. It took over 14 years and four hundred men to help carve the former President’s faces into the memorial.
#2 Cost of the monument
Mount Rushmore cost over $1 million to construct. No one died while working in very dangerous conditions.
#3 The biggest nose
The fun fact about the monument is that George Washington has the biggest nose out of all the Presidents. The nose on George Washington is 21 feet (6.4m) in length while the rest of the former Presidents have noses that are approximately 20 feet (6m) in length.
#4 The name of the mountain
Before the monument was made, the mountain was already named after a man named Charles Rushmore. He was a lawyer from New York, who visited the Black Hills in the 1880s.
#5 Native Americans
Some Native American groups don’t like the monument because the land used to belong to them. So a Native American chief from the Souix tribe planned his own monument near there that would honor a Native American named Crazy Horse.
#6 The baseball team
Mount Rushmore once had an amateur baseball team. It even took second place at the South Dakota amateur baseball tournament in 1939.
#7 Call boys
Boy were hired to shout messages back and forth to the operators. They had to sit on all sides of the mountain.
Mount Rushmore is illuminated every night for 2 hours. In 2015, a new LED illumination was installed to minimize harmful effects on the environment.
#9 Long-lasting monument
The faces will lose some clarity after about 500,000 years. However, it is believed that the shape of Mount Rushmore might remain up to 7 million years.
And what about you? How does it strike you? Do you have any thoughts or ideas to share ? You are welcome to do so in the comments below!
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