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Mount Rushmore


Located near Keystone, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Monument is a memorial that was designed to celebrate the first 150 years of U.S. history. The memorial consist of sculptures of of four American Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The sculptures depict (left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.



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Where Is Mount Rushmore?

By True Kelley

True Kelley
Released: 2015-02-05
Paperback (112 pages)

Where Is Mount Rushmore?
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  • Where Is Mount Rushmore
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It was world-famous sculptor Gutzon Borglum's dream to carve sixty-foot-high likenesses of four presidents on a granite cliff in South Dakota. Does that sound like a wacky idea? Many at the time thought so. Borglum faced a lot of opposition and problems at every turn; the blasting and carving carried out through the years of the Great Depression when funding for anything was hard to come by. Yet Mount Rushmore now draws almost three million visitors to the Black Hills every year. This is an entertaining chronicle of one man's magnificent obsession, which even today sparks controversy.

Mount Rushmore (Pull Ahead Books) (Pull Ahead Books (Paperback))

By Judith Jango-Cohen

Kristin L Nelson
Paperback (32 pages)

Mount Rushmore (Pull Ahead Books) (Pull Ahead Books (Paperback))
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Have you ever seen a face that's taller than a house? People come from across the country to see the huge faces on Mount Rushmore. Four U.S. presidents are carved on this tall mountain. Just whose idea was Mount Rushmore? And how did workers carve this amazing sculpture? Read this book to find out. Learn about many remarkable sites in the Famous Places series--part of the Lightning Bolt Books(tm) collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books(tm) bring nonfiction topics to life.

Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills: Including the Badlands (Moon Handbooks)

By Laural A. Bidwell

Bidwell Laural A
Released: 2016-04-26
Paperback (272 pages)

Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills: Including the Badlands (Moon Handbooks)
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  • Moon Mount Rushmore the Black Hills Including the Badlands
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South Dakota resident Laural A. Bidwell offers her firsthand experience and advice on Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills–including the Southern Hills, the Badlands, and Keystone. Bidwell provides unique travel strategies such as Best Hiking Trails, Viewing Wildlife, and Fossil Collecting in the Parks, Grasslands, & National Forest. With expert tips on the best dining, shopping, accommodations, and camping, Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Mount Rushmore (Wonders of America)

By Marion Dane Bauer

Simon Spotlight
Released: 2007-05-08
Paperback (32 pages)

Mount Rushmore (Wonders of America)
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Mount Rushmore is the most visited place in the United States. Learn the story about how this wonder of America was made.

Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #1: The Mount Rushmore Calamity

By Jeff Brown

Harper Collins
Released: 2009-04-21
Paperback (96 pages)

Flat Stanley s Worldwide Adventures #1: The Mount Rushmore Calamity
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Saddle up with Flat Stanley

Ever since Stanley was flattened by a bulletin board, every trip is an adventure!

The whole Lambchop family is off to see Mount Rushmore. But when Flat Stanley and his brother, Arthur, team up with a scrappy cowgirl named Calamity Jasper, their vacation turns into the Wild West experience of a lifetime. Pretty soon, they find themselves in a real tight spot—even for a flat boy like Stanley!

The Carving of Mount Rushmore

By Rex Alan Smith

Abbeville Press
Paperback (416 pages)

The Carving of Mount Rushmore
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The first book to tell the complete story of Rushmore.

"I had seen the photographs and the drawings of this great work. And yet, until about ten minutes ago I had no conception of its magnitude, its permanent beauty and its importance." —Franklin Delano Roosevelt, upon first viewing Mount Rushmore, August 30, 1936

Now in paperback, The Carving of Mount Rushmore tells the complete story of the largest and certainly the most spectacular sculpture in existence. More than 60 black-and-white photographs offer unique views of this gargantuan effort, and author Rex Alan Smith—a man born and raised within sight of Rushmore—recounts with the sensitivity of a native son the ongoing struggles of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his workers.

The Mystery at Mount Rushmore (39) (Real Kids Real Places)

By Carole Marsh

Gallopade International
Released: 2010-08-24
Paperback (160 pages)

The Mystery at Mount Rushmore (39) (Real Kids Real Places)
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  • The Mystery at Mount Rushmore
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Christina, Grant, Mimi and Papa make their way to Mount Rushmore to check out the colossal carving of four presidents? and find a mountain's worth of mystery, history, precocious prairie dogs, quirky clues, befuddling Badlands, and one Crazy Horse! One sassy sculptor! A batch of badlands! One store named Wall! Four story faces! And a Loooooong way down!

LOOK what's inside this mystery - people, places, history and more!

PLACES: South Dakota: Mount Rushmore National Memorial - Avenue of Flags • Grand View Terrace • Lincoln Borglum Museum • Wall Drug Store, Route 90 • Sioux reservation • Custer State Park, Pierre • Prairie dog town • Peter Norbeck Visitor Center • Crazy Horse Monument and Visitor Center, Custer County.

PEOPLE: George Washington • Thomas Jefferson • Abraham Lincoln • Theodore Roosevelt • Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor • Lincoln Borglum, Sculptor • Crazy Horse, Sioux warrior • Henry Standing Bear • Korczak Ziolkowski, sculptor.

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY/SOCIAL STUDIES: Mount Rushmore History and Facts • South Dakota History, Geography, Weather, Animal Life and Plant Life • The Badlands History, Geology: Erosion, Corrosion, Rock minerals, mako sica Animals: coyote • Prairie Products: Wheat and Animals: prairie dogs, bison, burros • Sioux Nation History, Reservation and Traditional Dance: rain dance • The Promise • Proverbs.

Like all of Carole Marsh Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities.

Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book:
Grade Levels: 3-6
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 4.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 2
Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 140439
Lexile Measure: 670
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q
Developmental Assessment Level: 40

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Amazing Pictures and Facts About Mount Rushmore: The Most Amazing Fact Book for Kids About Mount Rushmore (Kid's U)

By Mina Kelly

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Amazing Pictures and Facts About Mount Rushmore: The Most Amazing Fact Book for Kids About Mount Rushmore (Kid s U)
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Kids-U presents… Mount Rushmore Amazing Pictures and Facts About Mount Rushmore

Have you ever wondered how big Mount Rushmore actually is? Can you get close to it? Does it have any secrets?

In this book you will find out many exciting facts about Mount Rushmore. You will explore the history that it holds and view some amazing picture along the way on a journey that is sure to intrigue even the youngest children..

Children are naturally curious and through the use of great images and simple questions, this approach satisfies their curiosity in a way that helps them to retain the knowledge.

This book will show your children a new way to look at things and begin them on a journey to lifelong learning

Your children will learn how to:

  1. Ask questions about the world.

  2. Really “see” the world.

  3. Fulfill their natural curiosity every day by searching out the answers to their questions.

And much more!

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1- What is Mount Rushmore?

Chapter 2- Where is Mount Rushmore Located?

Chapter 3- Who Made Mount Rushmore?

Chapter 4- How did they Carve the Rock?

Chapter 5-How did Mount Rushmore get its Name?

Chapter 6- What were the Years of Carving like?

Chapter 7- Why were those Four Men Chosen?

Chapter 8- Were the Presidents the First Choice for the Carving?

Chapter 9- Did They Ever need to use an Eraser While Sculpting?

Chapter 10- Why didn’t they Carve the Bodies, too?

Chapter 11- Just how “Big” is Each Face?

Chapter 12- Does the Monument have any Secrets?

Chapter 13- Can Mount Rushmore be seen on Google Earth?

Chapter 14- What was it Like to Blast the Mountain with Dynamite?

Chapter 15- Why are There Mountain Goats at Mount Rushmore?

Chapter 16- Has Anyone Famous ever Worked at Mount Rushmore?

Chapter 17- Are there any More Shapes Carved in the Mountain?

Chapter 18- Can you Climb Mount Rushmore?

Chapter 19- Was Gold ever Found near Mount Rushmore?

Chapter 20- Was Mount Rushmore ever in the Movies?

Mount Rushmore: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Unique Monument

By Charles River Editors

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Mount Rushmore: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Unique Monument
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*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the work by supervisors and workers *Includes a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents “America loves the representation of its heroes to be not just larger than life, but stupendously, awesomely bigger than anything else. If blue whales built statues to each other they'd be smaller than these.” – Simon Hoggart In the 1920s, plans were made to carve the figures of America's greatest presidents into Mount Rushmore, the tallest spot in the Black Hills of the Dakotas, and by 1939, the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt had been carved into the rock. With that, one of America's greatest national monuments was born. The four men were certainly worthy of being immortalized in granite, and Mount Rushmore poignantly symbolizes the legacies and legends of the four presidents (which often overshadow the actual men themselves). Every American is taught a pristine narrative of the life and legacy of George Washington and can easily recite the highlights and myths of Washington's life. Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in authoring the Declaration of Independence, laying out the ideological groundwork of the notion of states’ rights, leading one of the first political parties, and overseeing the expansion of the United States during his presidency. Schoolchildren can recite the life story of Lincoln, the “Westerner” who educated himself and became a self made man, rising from lawyer to leader of the new Republican Party before becoming the 16th President of the United States and saving the Union. And at the turn of the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt came to be recognized as the quintessential American, remembered for being a president, explorer, hunter, author, soldier, president, and safari adventurer, all of which combine into one unique reputation. Given the sheer size and scope of the project, it’s no surprise that Mount Rushmore was a gargantuan undertaking in every conceivable way. Originally envisioned as a monument that would help spur tourism to South Dakota, it took hundreds of workers nearly 15 years to laboriously dynamite and carve the likenesses of the four presidents’ faces into the side of Mount Rushmore about 60 feet up. As if the final product wasn’t ambitious enough, the supervisors originally envisioned carving all the way down to each president’s waist, and including a commemoration of achievements like the Declaration of Independence alongside the figures. Amazingly, the entire project cost less than $1 million and there were no fatalities. Mount Rushmore: The History and Legacy of America’s Most Unique Monument chronicles the construction of the national monument that commemorates some of America’s most famous individuals. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Mount Rushmore like never before, in no time at all.

Great White Fathers: The True Story of Gutzon Borglum and His Obsessive Quest to Create the Mt. Rushmore National Monument

By John Taliaferro

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Released: 2004-01-06
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Great White Fathers: The True Story of Gutzon Borglum and His Obsessive Quest to Create the Mt. Rushmore National Monument
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Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, hoped that ten thousand years from now, when archaeologists came upon the four sixty-foot presidential heads carved in the Black Hills of South Dakota, they would have a clear and graphic understanding of American civilization.

Borglum, the child of Mormon polygamists, had an almost Ahab-like obsession with Colossalism--a scale that matched his ego and the era. He learned how to be a celebrity from Auguste Rodin; how to be a political bully from Teddy Roosevelt. He ran with the Ku Klux Klan and mingled with the rich and famous from Wall Street to Washington. Mount Rushmore was to be his crowning achievement, the newest wonder of the world, the greatest piece of public art since Phidias carved the Parthenon.

But like so many episodes in the saga of the American West, what began as a personal dream had to be bailed out by the federal government, a compromise that nearly drove Borglum mad. Nor in the end could he control how his masterpiece would be received. Nor its devastating impact on the Lakota Sioux and the remote Black Hills of South Dakota.

Great White Fathers is at once the biography of a man and the biography of a place, told through travelogue, interviews, and investigation of the unusual records that one odd American visionary left behind. It proves that the best American stories are not simple; they are complex and contradictory, at times humorous, at other times tragic.


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