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Near Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

(Mount Rushmore) Chronology

 
 
(Mount Rushmore) Chronology Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
1. (Mount Rushmore) Chronology Marker
Inscription. 1923 Colossal sculpture in the Black Hills first suggested by Doane Robinson.
1924 Gutzon Borglum's first visit to the Black Hills.
1927 Address by President Calvin Coolidge at Mount Rushmore and first actual drilling.
1929 Senator Norbeck sponsors legislation for first federal funds and creation of Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission.
1933 National Park Service first given jurisdiction of the project.
1936 Visit by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1940 Final appropriation by congress for completion of Mount Rushmore sculpture project.
1941 Death of Gutzon Borglum in Chicago.
 
Location. 43° 52.666′ N, 103° 27.31′ W. Marker is near Keystone, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 244. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13223 Fall River Road, Keystone SD 57751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of the United States of America (here, next to this marker); The Power to Carve a Mountain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rushmore Workers (about 500 feet away); Theodore Roosevelt
(Mount Rushmore) Chronology Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
2. (Mount Rushmore) Chronology Marker
The marker is on the left.
(about 500 feet away); George Washington (about 700 feet away); Abraham Lincoln (about 700 feet away); The Pigtail Bridges (approx. 1.2 miles away); Peter Norbeck (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keystone.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Borglum View Terrace in Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
 
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Plaque to the right of the Borglum bust image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
3. Plaque to the right of the Borglum bust
A monuments dimensions should be determined by the importance to civilization of the events commemorated....Let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can....our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and the rain alone shall wear them away. -- Gutzon Borglum - 1930

The union of these four presidents carved on the face of the everlasting hills of South Dakota will constitute a distinctly national monument. It will be decidedly American in its conception, in its magnitude, in its meaning and altogether worthy of our country. -- From dedication address by President Calvin Coolidge - 1927
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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