Four Presidents and a General enter the Black Hills…

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The Black Hills of South Dakota take their name from the illusion of darkness and density that the Ponderosa Pines create when viewed from a distance. Many prospectors believed there was lots of gold in those hills and the gold rush was on. The late 1800s drew many people to the South Dakota including New York attorney Charles Rushmore. He arrived in the Black Hills to inspect mining claims and he got a mountain named after himself. A few years later, Gutzon Borglum, a famous portrait sculptor from Idaho, was asked to carve a memorial in the Black Hills. He chose the site of Mount Rushmore for its size, the type of granite and its orientation to the morning sun. The government matched funds raised and the carving began in the early 1930s (wages were about $8 per day). All four heads were finished by 1942 (the US…

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