Of course there would have to be a tiny one carved in preparation of the big one. Is it still in existence? Repairs are made at the Black hills because of erosion over time. It looks like they planned a much larger carving than they ended up doing.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is visited by nearly three million people each year that come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and learn about the birth, growth, development and preservation of the country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share. ( credit: NPS.gov)
Since this also Indian territory, there is a lot of bad blood between the US and the Indians for the rights of this land. I read about that some time ago but don’t remember it accurately enough to write about it.