American Experience

Mount Rushmore

Season 14 Episode 4 | 55m 38s

An obsessed artist struggles against bankruptcy, public indifference, and a brutal terrain, to build the great American monument, Mount Rushmore. High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Together they constitute the world's largest piece of sculpture.

Aired: 01/24/02

Expired: 07/02/16

Rating: NR

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Original funding for Mount Rushmore provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Liberty Mutual, the Scotts Company, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations.