Mount Rushmore: the story of the secret room behind Abraham Lincoln’s face

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As many films have shown, Mount Rushmore does indeed contain a secret room!

Probably one of the most emblematic monuments in the United States, Mount Rushmore has apparently yet to reveal all its secrets. While we already knew that this giant granite sculpture depicts the facial features of four of America’s presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – recent revelations mention the existence of a secret room hidden behind the work of art located in South Dakota.

An unfinished work

« Gutzon Borglum. The name may not ring a bell, but it’s the name of the man who, in 1927, led the team responsible for building Mount Rushmore. As he embarked on the construction of his life’s work, the American-born sculptor set himself the goal of creating a much more imposing monument to some of the most important moments in American history.

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However, after completing the 4 faces of the most important presidents in American history, the current administration did not allow him to continue with his gigantic project. Several years later, he was allowed to begin construction of the secret room known as the Hall of Records.

Sadly, Gutzon died without having the opportunity to complete his sanctuary. The secret room therefore remained unfinished for decades, until in the 1990s, the Bush (Sr.) administration decided to have unknown artists complete the construction and fitting-out of the secret room.

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The contents of the secret room

The Archive Room, which is strictly off-limits to both American and international tourists, is said to contain enamel and porcelain panels depicting important elements and fragments of American history.

These include the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as the sculptor’s biography. The latter is said to be hidden in a wooden chest.

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A must-see monument for tourists

If you happen to be visiting the USA, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to Mount Rushmore, which, in addition to its historical aspect, has since been the setting for several American and non-American films. It’s a must-see monument for tourists and fans of the world’s most powerful nation, more than 3 million of whom make the trip to the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills.