Mount Rushmore National Memorial is not only South Dakota’s most iconic landmark, it’s one of the most beloved monuments in America. More than two million people visit Mount Rushmore every year to marvel at this feat of engineering and artistry. Take a look at these 16 photos that were taken during the construction of Mount Rushmore, and you’ll get an idea of just how huge this project was.

These 16 photos are just a few of the many photos that the National Park Service has displayed at the memorial. Visit it for yourself, or check out the memorial’s Facebook page to see many more historic photos. Every South Dakotan has surely visited Mount Rushmore National Memorial at least once. What’s your favorite memory of Mount Rushmore?

If you’re planning on visiting Mount Rushmore this summer, you won’t want to miss this awe-inspiring event that’s held every evening.

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