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The set of four gigantic carved sculptures representing the faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt is located in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest and faces southeast for maximum sun exposure.

The project began in 1927 led by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum and was completed in 1941, with no fatalities.

During the process, 400 workers created the sculpture under dangerous conditions, taking away a total of 450,000 tons of rock in order to create the enormous carved heads, each of which reached a height of 60 feet (18 meters).

These presidents were selected by Borglum because of their role in preserving the Republic and expanding its territory. The image of Thomas Jefferson was originally intended to appear in the area at Washington’s right, but after the work there was begun, the rock was found to be unsuitable, so the work on the Jefferson figure was dynamited, and a new figure was sculpted to Washington’s left.

Mount Rushmore is also called the "Shrine of Democracy," which welcomes upwards of 3 million visitors every year, and is one of America's most popular tourist attractions.

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