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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.



Mount Rushmore Books


Here are a few books about Mount Rushmore that you might enjoy reading:

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

By Laural A. Bidwell

Moon Travel
Released: 2016-04-26
Paperback (272 pages)

Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills: Including the Badlands (Travel Guide)
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Moon Travel Guides: Find Your Adventure

Experience the open skies of the Badlands, the rolling prairies of the West, and one of America's most famous monuments with Moon Mount Rushmore & The Black Hills. Inside you'll find:

  • Strategic, flexible itineraries, tailored for adventure seekers, families, history buffs, art lovers, road-trippers, and more
  • Recommendations for outdoor recreation, including hiking, climbing, fishing, backpacking, and more, plus essential packing tips and health and safety information
  • The top experiences and unique ideas: Say hi to the carved granite faces of the presidents, then hike red rock canyons and hills covered in ponderosa pine. Spot bison, elk, and mountain goats, and see wild horses roaming the grassy flatlands. Test yourself by climbing the tallest peak east of the Rockies, or get your adrenaline going at a local rodeo. Visit historic sites, galleries, and museums, to learn about Lakota history. Soak in local hot springs, pan for gold, or enjoy the solitude of the prairie and sleep under a field of stars
  • How to respectfully connect with Native American culture, including visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial and attending a powwow
  • Valuable insight from seasoned adventurer and local expert Laural A. Bidwell
  • Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Up-to-date information on park fees, passes, directions, and reservations to Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park
  • Coverage of gateway cities and towns, including Rapid City, Hill City, and Keystone
  • Honest advice for families, seniors, international visitors, travelers with disabilities, and traveling with pets
  • Thorough background on the culture, history, wildlife, and terrain
With Moon Mount Rushmore & The Black Hills, you can plan your trip your way.

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For full coverage of America's national parks, check out Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks.

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.

Where Is Mount Rushmore?

By True Kelley

Grosset Dunlap
Released: 2015-02-05
Paperback (112 pages)

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)

By Judith Jango-Cohen

Lerner Publishing Group
Paperback (32 pages)

Mount Rushmore (Pull Ahead Books)
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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.

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.

Mount Rushmore: Myths, Legends, and Facts (Monumental History)

By Jessica Gunderson

Capstone Press
Paperback (32 pages)

Mount Rushmore: Myths, Legends, and Facts (Monumental History)
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A stone shrine shrouded in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is a symbol of American history. But do you know the real story behind the statue? Historic, primary source photos and explorative infographics help uncover the mysteries surrounding this majestic monument.

Mount Rushmore: The Story Behind the Scenery (English Edition)

By Lincoln Borglum

Brand: KC Publications, Inc.
Released: 2006-04-01
Paperback (48 pages)

Mount Rushmore: The Story Behind the Scenery (English Edition)
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, located in western South Dakota, set aside in 1925, preserves the sculpted heads of presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

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

By John Taliaferro

PublicAffairs
Released: 2004-01-06
Paperback (480 pages)

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.

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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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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Real Kids! Real Places! Common Core State Standards Teacher Resource

1. Download the Carole Marsh Mysteries Real Kids! Real Places! Correlations to Common Core/State Standards HERE.





Where Have You Been map

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Real Kids! Real Places! Discuss Questions

3. Utilize the Real Kids! Real Places! Common Core State Standards Teacher Resource for classroom discussion questions and activities for ELA grades 2-6. This can be used for all 50 mysteries HERE.





Real Kids! Real Places! Activities4. Download additional activities including Fact or Fiction, Fascinating Facts, Book Club Discussions and Book Club Activities HERE.







Read the Real Kids! Real Places! first three chapters 5. Want a sneak peak? Read the first three chapters HERE.

Mount Rushmore: 57 Fascinating Facts For Kids (Volume 28)

By Peter Nielsen

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (32 pages)

Mount Rushmore: 57 Fascinating Facts For Kids (Volume 28)
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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a huge sculpture carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota, has become one of America's best loved icons. The images of four of America's greatest presidents are carved into the granite of Mount Rushmore, a task that took 14 years to complete. Peter Nielsen delivers a comprehensive list of facts about Mt. Rushmore, explaining how the project took shape, from the original idea to the final completion. Reading a long book can be overwhelming for a child, but Nielsen gives you the Mount Rushmore story in 57 easy to understand segments. We are sure that that you will be fascinated by the facts about Mount Rushmore in our book and that you will be encouraged to learn more about this majestic American national symbol.


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