Mt. Rushmore's Secret Room
Did you know that there is a secret room behind Lincoln’s head? If the plan had gone through, the chamber, located 800 feet off the ground, would be accessed by a staircase at the base of the mountain.
Gutzon Borglum, a sculptor, had grand plans for Mt. Rushmore, including a Hall of Records carved at the back of Lincoln’s head. It would be a large room with mosaic walls, complex and elaborate decorations, plus busts of famous Americans. There would also be aluminum scrolls with significant dates in American history plastered all over while bronze and glass cabinets housed important documents.
Operations on the Hall of Records were ceased. The workers only got so far as blasting off a section of the canyon before Congress decided that Borglum’s glorious vision was too expensive.
People can still access the 68-foot long tunnel today. It contains a small repository containing panels that depict the story of Mt. Rushmore was carved, its creator and sculptor Borglum, and a piece on why the four men were carved into the mountain.
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