Mount Rushmore - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This is not THE Mount Rushmore, but definitely A Mount Rushmore.

This is not THE Mount Rushmore, but definitely A Mount Rushmore.

By now, you've likely figured out that, when the American Treasure Tour blog mentions something in its subject line, it is not only our feature story but it has a connection to the Tour. Well, we are not going to claim that we have the 'real' Mount Rushmore on display here in Oaks, Pennsylvania.  We also do not technically own it.  BUT we do have a scale model of it on display as part of the Omrod Giant World of Miniatures, located in our Music Room.  So the way we see it, that gives us full license to not only write about the national monument here, but also claim it as our own.  Well, okay fine.  We can at least write about it, right?

The Mount Rushmore located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota incorporates the sixty-foot-tall heads of four American Presidents.  If you've never heard of it, we worry for you.  We also worry for you if you do not know the names of those four presidents:  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln (from left to right). If you don't know the name of the sculptor who designed it and supervised its creation, that's okay.  He was Gutzon Borglum, the son of Danish-American immigrants born in 1867 in what was Idaho Territory.  He was the child of a polygamous father (pretty different), then went to France to train in sculpture, spending some time with Auguste Rodin. 

In the mid-1920's, Borglum began work honoring heroes of the Confederacy, as he was then a member of the Ku Klux Klan.  We can be grateful things did not work out for him with that organization - he removed himself from the project and resigned from the KKK, allowing him time to work on his masterpiece - the four giant heads dominating the former-Indian lands of the Black Hills.  He began it in 1927, and continued until his death in 1941.  His son Lincoln spent one more year on it after that, but left it largely the way it looked the last time his father saw it. Now, to the great fortune of everyone living in the Philadelphia area, a replica is on display at the American Treasure Tour.  You need no longer travel to the southwest of South Dakota to see the sixty-foot heads, since we have six inch versions on display right here!
QUESTION:  If the heads of Mount Rushmore had accurate-scale bodies attached to them, how tall would each president be?
A)  6 feet
B)  123 feet
C)  465 feet
D)  902 feet
ANSWER BELOW

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE.  On this day in 1883, Thomas Edison made major headway in his effort to get word out about his artificial lighting technology.  He lit the town of Roselle, New Jersey, making it the first community in the world to have this luxury.  Of course, Edison used it as a calling card, to show others just what his direct current electricity could do.  The town's First Presbyterian Church, located at West 5th Avenue and Church Street, was the first church ever to be electrified.  Shocking.

POE DAY!  We here at the American Treasure Tour firmly believe that today should be a federal holiday in the effort to celebrate the birth of a great talent!  Edgar Allan Poe is considered by many to be a literary pioneer - he wrote one of the most beloved poems of all time, The Raven, as well as numerous short stories that paved the way for modern horror and mystery.  He had a hard life, living in poverty most of his life, so the least we can do is get the day off so that we can honor him by being lazy.  We promise we will read his stories, or at very least watch one of the numerous film adaptations of his stories.

QUOTE:  All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. - Edgar Allan Poe

ANSWER:  C)  465 feet.  The mountain was named after Charles Rushmore, a New York lawyer who investigated gold mining claims in 1885.