Hall of Records in Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota

The four giant presidents carved into Mount Rushmore make up one of the more absurd American monuments. However, when chiseling away at the rock face, sculptor Gutzon Borglum had a lot more in mind than is immediately apparent.

Borglum's initial plan was to sculpt the outline of the Louisiana Purchase and inscribe it with the most important events between George Washington's and Teddy Roosevelt's presidencies. When that fell through, Borglum started in on a new, equally valiant endeavor....

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