Mount Rushmore Questions You’ve Been Dying to Ask
In my nearly decade working in various tourism businesses, I’ve had to field my fair share of Mount Rushmore questions. Since the monument is celebrating a big birthday this year, I think it’s time to clear up 75 years’ worth of misconceptions.
What is on the Canadian side of Mount Rushmore?
I swear it actually looks nothing like the tacky postcards and tee shirts you find at drugstores and tourist traps. My geography nerd is going to get a little picky here- there is a whole other state between us and Canada, thank you very much. Instead, right behind Mount Rushmore, you will find an awesome climbing area within the park limits. With patriotic routes and rocks like Garfield Goes to Washington and Emancipation Rock Formation, you’ll surely feel a little bit more patriotic while making the most of your public lands.
Photo credit: Jacob Mader @jakesmade
Are the heads empty? I’ve heard about secret bunkers... and something to do with the Illuminati?
Hollywood probably has something to do with the idea that there are secret rooms and bunkers built into the heads. There are no tunnels, bunkers, or city of gold under the mountain like a certain Nicolas Cage franchise would lead you to believe. However, there is a hall of records, which wasn’t completely finished. It houses reproductions of the Declaration of Independence, and other important documents, but a quick internet search will reveal the hall isn’t a secret.
Do they put Mount Rushmore away in the winter?
I kid you not, I have heard this a few times. I’m never sure if it’s sarcastic or not, but either way it usually warrants a sarcastic answer. To maintain the mountain, which is vulnerable to cracking due to ice and our crazy weather, workers rappel down the mountain and fix cracks with silicone.
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