Mock up of Mt Rushmore

mock up Mt Rushmore
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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:

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.

mount rushmoreI think these men would be cringing today if they could see what our government has done in the last 100 years, and especially in the last 50.


  1. There are actually two scale models or mock-ups of the original carving planned. One is still in existence at the museum near the site itself, not sure about the other one; it was a very rough one made to get funding.

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    1. Really? I didn’t find anything at the time about it and wanted to get back to it and add to it. The fact that this land is also so wrapped up in disputes with the Indian nation who lives there with them still wanted to take more of their land away gives a different meaning to the justness of what this country was founded on, considering all they still do to the Indians today.


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