Mount Rushmore and More Rocks

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyFooled you, didn’t I? I bet you thought I’d pick mermaids for the letter M. Well, I couldn’t go with the obvious. LOL.

For the second book in my middle grade series (State Secret Keepers #2), the time traveling twin sisters and their trusty sidekick, Alex, find themselves in South Dakota in the middle of construction (deconstruction, maybe) of Mount Rushmore. If they can’t stop the bad guys (minions of the Chaos Maker), then George Washington won’t look like himself at all. The monument will be all wrong.

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I won’t tell you who the Chaos Maker wants to immortalize instead of the first President. *rubs hands in evil anticipation* Also, Sophie, Piper, and Alex will have to dodge more rocks. Literary rocks (the plot kind), not literal ones—just in case you were wondering about that…although, where there is demolition, there will be rocks.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyMount Rushmore has a fascinating history. Here are three amazing things about the monument and how it was built:

  • Dynamite was measured and placed carefully to remove the mountain face within inches to achieve the look they wanted…with the faces. (Yeah, I know. The sentence was too goofy not to keep. Sorry.) They removed 90% of the material with dynamite blasts.
  • No one died in the making of this monument.
  • The total cost of materials was less than a million dollars.

Source: National Parks Service (This link goes to a easy-to-read student guide. The website has all kinds of other great information.)

Have you ever visited Mount Rushmore? What’s your favorite national park or monument?

15 comments on… “Mount Rushmore and More Rocks”

  1. Rachel Cahill

    Speaking of rocks… the kids and I enjoyed waking up this morning around 2:30ish to view this rock turn red. Blood Moon

    As far as parks go….
    I really enjoyed the trip to Mammoth Cave National Park (U.S. National Park Service). I think I enjoyed it more than Carlsbad Caverns.

    I’ve not seen Rushmore, I enjoyed seeing this mountain carving that was started by the same artist. Stone Mountain. I was probably about 8 or 10 when I saw it, but I do remember it and I definitely remember the yummy mud pie I ate in the restaurant in the park that had a view of the carving out of the window. 🙂

    • Diana Beebe

      I thought about staying up…just couldn’t do it. Maybe next time. Thanks for sharing the picture!

      There are so many great parks to visit, aren’t there?

  2. Mt. Rushmore is sort of a family park, because the hubs and his family went there so often! I’ve seen it, but not been inside the Park. (Long story) My favorite Park is Yellowstone. When I was a kid I didn’t know it was a national park, thought it was OUR park. LOL I grew up 100 miles from it and we visited it often.

    Your time travel series sounds so fun! I love time travel!

    • Diana Beebe

      Yellowstone was your park! LOL What great memories to have. One of these days I want to hear your Mount Rushmore story. 🙂

      I’d love to visit Mount Rushmore. I may just have to figure how to plan a family vacation for research.

  3. Too cloudy here to watch the eclipse. Grrrrr

    … imagine if someone tried to sculpt Mt Rushmore today! :O

    P.S. Is there any way I can stay ‘logged on’ to your blog? I have to leave my name, email and URL every time I comment.

    • Diana Beebe

      They’d probably use lasers to sculpt the monument today. 😉

      About the logging in thing, I think it’s a WordPress thing, but I will ask someone who knows more than I do.

    • Diana Beebe

      Do you block cookies or clear cookies frequently? If so, that’s probably why you have to enter your name and info every time. Hmmmm…

  4. Yes, Diana, I’ve been there. In 2003 David and I, along with 5 friends, rode our motorcycles from Dallas, Texas to Sturgis, South Dakota for the big bike rally. One of the side trips we took was to Mount Rushmore. Loved it!

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