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The construction of "America's Shrine of Democracy"
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The orginal prototype of Mt. Rushmore in 1941- this was before funding ran out.
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Guide lines mark the location of the George Washington sculpture.
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The George Washington sculpture emerges on Mount Rushmore.
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Work begins on the Theodore Roosevelt sculpture.
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Detail work on the Theodore Roosevelt sculpture.
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A view of the heads of Washington and Jefferson from the top of Lincoln's head in the 1940s.
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Thomas Jefferson's head was started to the right of Washington. Before the head was complete, Borglum ordered that it be blasted off due to poor rock quality.
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Arial view of Mount Rushmore in 1933.
Charles D’Emery’s 1938 photo shows the forming of Lincoln’s face at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore in construction | Picture Archive: Making Mount Rushmore, 1935-1941
Construction of George Washington on Mount Rushmore shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt, South Dakota, 1940.
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Mount Rushmore, 1933. | 43 Remarkable Photos Of Famous Things Being Built
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Carving of Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore, ca. 1934
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The finishing touched are put on the Lincoln sculpture. It was dedicated on Sept. 17, 1937.
The finishing touches are put on the Theodore Roosevelt sculpture. It was dedicated in 1939.
Over The Years
The head of Thomas Jefferson under construction, taken from atop Lincoln in 1939.
Gutzon Borglum, wearing his usual scarf knotted around his neck, works from a bosun chair, c. 1930s.
Tourists stopped to view Mount Rushmore while it was still under construction, c. 1930s.
The faces of Washington and Jefferson with the pulleys used to raise and lower the work platforms for men and equipment visible, c. 1930s.