Yes, Mount Rushmore enjoys a lot of hype. And it gets tangled up with occasional political and social fusses. But when you arrive, you soon discover that Rushmore is so much more than all that. The history of how Rushmore was created by rugged workers with humble tools and big dreams is metaphor for American grit. Their story is well told in the exhibits. Even grander is how the sculpted granite faces have, through the decades, blended with the scents and scenery of the pine forest to create a sense of timeless promise. Anything good is possible. That’s what we hear the faces saying on the mountain. Go there to see and learn, and then listen for what they say to you.
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