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The Black Hills and the distant Mount Rushmore
    As a child, my family would sometimes take travel vacations, heading to unique locations throughout the country. One of my personal favorites was Mount Rushmore National Memorial, located in the Black Hills in South Dakota. The trip to Mount Rushmore was a memorable experience that took my breath away. It was a beautiful day as we traveled through the Black Hills, spiraling around the various mounts. There were towering trees all around, almost covering the whole landscape. The road escalated up the hills, giving us an opportunity to appreciate the splendor surrounding the area.  From the hilltops, to the bright blue sky, to the countless trees, my family saw true beauty on the earth. Then, through the hilltops and the trees, the faces on Mount Rushmore began to appear. Eventually, we were able to see the four faces of the presidents carved into the stone and, soon after, entered the memorial. Once inside, my family had the chance to eat, shop, and appreciate the view of the carved hill. It was an unforgettable experience.

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Mount Rushmore through the trees
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Creating Mount Rushmore
    Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a place with a rich history. Due to the proposal of various bills, the hill was not carved until the 1920s. The National Park Service wrote that on August 10, 1927, the memorial was dedicated and funding was granted. This started what became fourteen years of construction. Throughout the construction, over 400 men and women were hired for a wide variety of positions. Also, dynamite was used for some of these stations. In fact, 90% of Mount Rushmore was created and carved using this tool. After fourteen years of harsh working conditions and a large use of dynamite, the monument was finished. On October 31, 1941, Mount Rushmore National Memorial was officially completed Four presidents were carved into the rock: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. They each made a significant contribution to the county. Jefferson, for example, doubled the country’s size when he purchased the Louisiana Purchase. http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

    Although there is such a significant history, there is more than meets the eye to this place. At many favorite travel spots around the world there are usually legends. This applies even to Mount Rushmore. One website even specifically lists legends in and around the Black Hills area. For example, one of the most famous legends surrounding Mount Rushmore is about a secret chamber that holds copies of important United States documents. However, though this legend is claimed to be true, the public is not allowed to see this ‘secret chamber’. This is only one out of a list of famous legends in the area.
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Rock climbing
    In the Mount Rushmore area, travelers are given the chance to have a memorable experience. They can see wildlife around the memorial, from multitudes of trees to the unique birds flying around. Not only is the beauty breathtaking, but travelers can also participate in different activities. Tourists can take a tour of the memorial, or even rock climb around the area. Also, in the surrounding area there are other caves and parks, such as the Wind Cave National Park, within a two hour radius of Mount Rushmore that travelers may visit. When my family visited the park, though, there was much to do. Between appreciating the sights and visiting not only Mount Rushmore, but some of the surrounding parks, we were rarely, if ever, bored.

    Seeing Mount Rushmore was a unique opportunity. It gave my family a new insight into our nation’s history and gave us the chance to understand four of our country’s greatest leaders. Along with learning the history and hearing legends, we went sight-seeing. Mount Rushmore National Park was, and is still to this day, one of my favorite travel locations.
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Mount Rushmore
10/22/2012

Hello, my name is Vanessa Valdez. I am a member of the global connect travel group. I found your blog extremely helpful because Mount Rushmore is a place that I have been wanting to go. I really enjoyed the website that you provided about the local legends. I enjoyed your blog keep up the great work.

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10/22/2012

Hello, my name is Amy, and I wanted to read and comment on your blog because I have always wanted to see this historic landmark and thought reading this would give me an idea as to what I should look for; and I really liked the portion of your article with the myth list in it, it would be fun to try and find some if someone ever visits.

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10/24/2012

Hello, my name is Dalia Guerra and I am in the 9am Technical Writing class. I liked reading your blog because like the others, I too would like to go to Mount Rushmore. It is one of the many historical landmarks I would like to see myself and also take my children. Your experience of just the drive makes me want to leave right now. I am excited to make the trip one day.

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10/31/2012

Hi, my name is Jessica Miller and I read your blog about Mount Rushmore and really enjoyed reading it. What I learned from reading your blog that I didn't know was how many years it took to design Mount Rushmore and how many people it took to design it. I have never been but after reading your blog I think I might take my son this summer and see for myself and at the same time it will be an educational learning experience for the both of us.

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