Happy Friday everyone!
On this day in 1927, sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. It would take another 12 years for the images of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt to be completed.
South Dakota historian, Doane Robinson (the brainchild of the monument) hired sculptor Gutzon Borglum to carve the faces into the mountain – Washington’s face was the first to be completed in 1934. Jefferson’s was dedicated in 1936, with then-president Franklin Roosevelt in attendance. Lincoln’s was completed a year later, and in 1939, Teddy Roosevelt’s face was completed.