Hanging off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mount Rushmore by Tina Nichols Coury

Hanging off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mount RushmoreI’ve been to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and was awed as I looked out at the faces of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt that are carved into the side of a mountain. It’s hard to imagine how such an extraordinary feat could have been accomplished – especially since it was begun in 1927, and not in today’s world with the aid of modern tools and technology.

The renowned sculptor Gutzon Borglum was commissioned to begin the project that has become a destination for many tourists. This book details how Gutzon designed and organized the carving, but how it was his son, Lincoln, who saw the project through to the end. Interesting facts include how a small village was constructed for the workers at the base of the mountain and how Jefferson’s head was originally carved on the other side of where it is now.

This book is interesting to read and would be a great introduction to Mount Rushmore for anyone planning a trip to this national monument.

Posted by: Wendy

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