My husband and I recently took a road trip from Minneapolis to South Dakota with our final destination to be the Black Hills National Forest. Located within, lies the iconic sculptured Mount Rushmore. The four faces of our past presidents; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, tower over the landscape below at an amazing 5,500 feet above sea level. The original concept for the sculpture came from a South Dakota Historian Dave Robinson in 1923. A few years later the American artist and sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed and began construction of the monument in 1927. Mr. Borglum died in early 1941 and his son took the reins to oversee the project. Initially each President was to be depicted from head to waist but, due to lack of funding the project was concluded in October of 1941 leaving the monument as we see it today.
Three of our Presidents are carved on the left side leaving Abraham Lincoln off to the right side all alone. He has always been my favorite President of our Nations historical past. Choosing to photograph him alone up there where he meets the sky seemed very appropriate.