Since our 5th wheel is a Presidential and has the image of Mt Rushmore on the front cap, we figured it'd be a "crime" if we didn't go see the famous mountain. Dave couldn't convince the park director to let him haul the trailer to the bottom of the mountain for a "once in a lifetime" photo-op! ! ! Oh well . . .
Rebecca's brother Tim and wife Donna were here 2 months before us and advised us on a couple things. First, drive the Iron Mountain road in a south to north direction for best views and opportunities to see Mt Rushmore from a distance. Second, Tim said, "pull in your mirrors" when we go through the narrow tunnels. He's right on both accounts.
The sculptor was Gutzon Borglum. Our long-time readers will remember our stop in Sept 08' to visit his other massive sculpture near Atlanta, GA, Stone Mountain. This one though, Mt. Rushmore used the likes of local labor totalling nearly 400 men. Taking nearly 14 years, including those of the depression from 1927 to 1941, if the time carving was compressed to just working time, it would total almost 6 1/2 years ! ! ! OSHA today would be proud of his accomplishment as only one man died in the time.
Take alook at the pics, we drove the Iron Mountain road to get to the Rushmore Monument then the Needles hiway out of the area to the RV resort.