Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

I dreamed of seeing this fantastic monument since I was a child, when I learned that it was considered one of the seven man made wonders of the World.

Incredible but true, I’ve seen Mount Rushmore monument and memorial park in October 2014.

It is indeed majestic and breath taking!

This huge sculpture carved in the granite rock of the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota took the Sculptor Gutzon Borglum 14 years to accomplish.

My husband and I spent about 3 days in the Black Hills area and went to the monument twice – I just wanted to do my best with the photos πŸ™‚

The sculpture is so big you can see it from faraway and this is what it looks like from Custer Park, which is quite a ways from the monument.

Mount Rushmore seen from Custer Park

You don’t even need to enter the memorial park – the sculpture appears very well from the road πŸ™‚ It is worth it however to go inside. The park is open to the public seven days a week, all year long. See the program here.

Rushmore monument viewed from outside the park

This is the entrance to the park:

Entrance to Rushmore monument park
Entrance to the Rushmore monument park

… And right before you enter you can say hello to this beautiful mountain goat. It looks like he is always there, as he probably gets snacks from the tourists πŸ™‚

Mountain goat at Rushmore monument park, South Dakota

There are always a lot of visitors at the Rushmore monument. There are also binoculars to get a closer view of the sculpture.

Visitors at Mount Rushmore monument
Binoculars at the Rushmore monument

… And here is a cutest surprise ever!:
You can see and get Thomas Jefferson’s ice cream recipe!!!

The poster says:

President Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and of the first ice cream recipe in America. Come grab a taste of history at the Memorial Ice cream Shop.

Thomas Jefferson’s Recipe 1780’s

Of course I couldn’t resist and had one too – yes, it was good πŸ™‚

Tomas Jefferson's ice cream recipe at Rushmore monument
Tomas Jefferson's ice cream cone at Rushmore monument

If you want the recipe as a poster on your wall, it can look like this. – Just click on it and you have it:

Thomas Jefferson ice cream recipe

The picture of the Rushmore Monument is also available as art print. Here below you can see what it can look like mounted above your living-room sofa. Click on it for more options on print versions, sizes and prices:

Mount Rushmore Monument art print by Tatiana Travelways

For the fun of challenges, I posted it to:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Surprise

FOWC with Fandango β€”Β Public

Lens-Artists Challenge #16 – BIG Can Be BeautifulΒ Too!

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