This secret room in Mount Rushmore is having a moment

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  • The exterior of the Hall of records.

    (National Parks Service)

  • The main room of the Hall of records is approximately 75 metres in length.

    (National Parks Service)


Abraham Lincoln in the possession of the history of our country in the past.


Tucked away in Lincoln’s frontal lobe in Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, is a secret, inaccessible-to-the-public room.

The vault is designed by the monument of the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who saw it as a room dedicated to the history of the United States.

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A view from the rear of the Hall of records room.

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The National Park Service-details that Borglum wanted a written history of America’s greatest historical hits to go along with his four-under the leadership of the sculpture, including an 800-metre staircase with a large bronze eagle, which would be a 38-foot wingspan — at the entrance. Above the eagle an inscription to read, “America’s onward march” and “Hall of Records”.

Carved into the walls would read America’s nine most important events from 1776 to 1906. Busts of famous Americans would line the hall, as well as a list of AMERICAN contributions to art, science and industry.

Unfortunately, Borglum died in 1941 and never saw his vision come to life. But in 1998, monument officials breathed new life into Borglum’s dream of the room that acts as a safe deposit box for America’s history.

Today, carved in a series of enamelled panels, is the story and the history of Mount Rushmore, along with an explanation of why Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln was elected.

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