MOUNT RUSHMORE’S SECRET ROOM
Gutzon Borglum was the sculptor who created Mount Rushmore.
He was worried that over time his work would lose significance.
So he planned to add a room
behind Abraham Lincoln’s hairline,
called the Hall of Records.
Federal funders didn’t think it was worth the expense.
But the idea was eventually approved.
However, Borglum was asked to focus on the sculpture first.
He died in 1941 after working on Mount Rushmore for 14 years.
But the Hall of Records was still unfinished.
So his family petitioned the government to complete it.
It was finally approved in 1998.
Porcelain tablets were added to the room
that explained the work done on the mountain
and contained important American documents.
It was then sealed in a titanium vault.
The room is still inaccessible to tourists.