What has 60-foot high faces, eyes 11 feet across, noses 20 feet long, and mouths that stretch 18 feet and is visited by 2.5 million people a year? Mount Rushmore – located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The sculpted heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were carved from a solid mass of granite. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was commissioned in 1927 to carve the massive tourist attraction. It took 14 years to complete and cost a mere $1 million, and is now considered priceless.
In June of 2008, in McLean, Virginia, the Postal Service™ issued a $4.80, Mount Rushmore (Priority Mail) definitive stamp. The stamp was designed by Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California, and features an original drawing of Mount Rushmore National Memorial by Dan Cosgrove of Chicago, Illinois.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota near the town of Keystone. Carved into Mount Rushmore itself, the monument consists of large–scale sculptures of the faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. According to a 1929 budget document, the monument was intended “to commemorate the founding, expansion, preservation, and unification of the United States.”