As Jim and I made our way through the Black Hills of South Dakota to the actual National Park entrance to Mount Rushmore, we rounded a bend in the road and suddenly, there on the face of the mountain, was an unexpected, breathtaking view of the four Presidents recognized as pillars in the birth, expansion, preservation and conservation of the United States.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are my new heroes; and Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor whose fascination with gigantic scale and themes of heroic nationalism was a perfect fit for the 14-year commitment to this icon of unparalleled patriotic proportions.
But enough of my first impressions; my images/postage stamps will have to do for now until you can make your way across the plains of the wild, Wild West to a far corner of South Dakota where granite and history intersect with amazing beauty and might.
breathtaking. The mountain itself is named after Charles Rushmore, a New York attorney who filed mining rights to the Black Hills area in 1885.
President Calvin Coolidge insisted on another Democrat and two Republicans be portrayed as