Mount Rushmore. Sigh. I know this is a place that everyone wants to visit while in the Black Hills.
I have to tell you though, this is the place I am least excited to visit. I'm torn on a few things.
I know I need to take the children here so they can say that they have been to Mount Rushmore.
I know it's an amazing feat of sculpting, but the person who designed it, their values hit me in the wrong spot.
Let's start out with the sight.
There is no entrance fee, but you do have to pay $10 to park. The fee you pay for parking does not go to the monument. It actually goes towards the company running the parking garage.
Once you get into the memorial area there is a visitors center and a Presidential Trail that leads you closer to the memorial. It states on there it is a .6 mile hike, so not very far. They have an audio tour you can go on.
They have some Ranger Programs. When I go to parks, most of the time I really enjoy the programs, so depending on the time of day we make it to Mount Rushmore, we will have to take in a program or two.
I was reading Josh Gates "Memoirs of a Monster Hunter" and I came along a little bullet point list of the places that didn't live up to their hype of being as awesome in real life as they were in pictures.
He mentioned Mount Rushmore. Sure, it looks awesome in pictures, but it looks awkward in real life and the creator was a member of the KKK.
Now, that made me gasp a little. So being the person I am, I had to research it.
Gutzon Borglum. He was in the KKK, even though after a falling out with them (he was dismissed from the Stone Mountain in Georgia project) he claims to not be a member.
He worked on the Mount Rushmore project from 1927 until his death in 1941.
His son took over the project for one year after he died. He finished all that his father had needed to do for completion.
How many people know about Gutzon Borglum? He was a fantastic artist, but still.
That's why I'm torn.
Have you ever been to Mount Rushmore?
Share your experiences with me!