At this moment, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum; regardless of race, religion or sexuality; regardless of age, education or income level, we are all a part of history today. Keeping the focus on design, we certainly aren't going to attempt to talk about the importance or the magnitude of today's inaugural event, except to say we're unbelievably excited and feel an extraordinary sense of pride for our country. Instead, we thought we would simply feature a different type of monumental marvel on this incredibly historic day. We hope you enjoy these fascinating facts about Mount Rushmore:
-Mount Rushmore is located on a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
-Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was the visionary behind this immense granite sculpture.
-It is representative of the first 150 years of U.S. history and features George Washington,Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
-Carving began in 1927 and was finally completed in 1941.
-Rushmore's granite faces tower over 5,500 feet above sea level. Each head is as tall as a six-story building (they are scaled to fit men who would stand 465 feet tall).
-The Presidents' noses are 20 feet long, their mouths 18 feet wide and their eyes are 11 feet across.
-Over 800 million pounds of stone was removed from Mt. Rushmore during the construction.
-There were 506 steps the 400 workers had to climb each day to reach the top of Mt. Rushmore.
-Even though it took 14 years to finish the sculpture, it ended up only costing 1 million dollars.
-No deaths occurred during the whole period of carving, just a few minor injuries.
-Alfred Hitchcock's movie North by Northwest ends with a dizzying chase scene atop Mt. Rushmore.
-Originally the sculpture was to be placed on smaller, granite pillars known as "Needles".
-The structure was originally intended to only depict George Washington, but after the commission was authorized by Congress in 1925 President Coolidge insisted that another Democrat and two Republicans be portrayed as well.
-Many think Mount Rushmore must erode at an alarming rate and require an extreme amount of maintenance, however the actual rate of erosion is only 1 inch per 10,000 years. And no one is even paid to clean the monument. The only time it has ever been cleaned was by a manufacturer of cleaning machines, who did it for free.