9) Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Located in the Black Hills region, it was once the property of the Sioux Nation. When gold was discovered in the area, prospectors quickly displaced the Sioux from their native land. They set up mining camps and, in 1885, were visited by Charles Rushmore, an American Businessman. He was there for a mining company to check on titles. A few years later the mountain was named in his honor due to the rapport he had developed with them. The process to begin the gigantic carving of the presidents faces began when Historian Doane Robinson started the Mount Harney Bill. Its sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, completed the project in 1941 with the assistance of his son, Lincoln. The granite faces are approximately 60-feet high. President’s George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are represented. The site also includes an interactive museum and receives over 2.6 million visitors each year.
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