Inside the hidden room in Mount Rushmore few have laid eyes on

  • Mount Rushmore is a massive sculpture carved into a mountain face in the Black Hills region of Dakota
  • The sculpture’s roughly 60-feet-high granite faces depict US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
  • Despite attracting millions of visitors each year, very few know that Mount Rushmore has a secret: a hidden room

Published on Jan 24, 2024 at 7:44 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Jan 25, 2024 at 5:04 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Mount Rushmore is one of the most iconic sites in the United States.

The sculpture, which features the 60-foot-tall (18m) heads of four United States presidents, is visited by millions of tourists each year.

But the vast majority don’t realize the iconic landmark actually has a secret: a hidden room.

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Mount Rushmore was conceived and designed by Gutzon Borglum between 1927 and 1941.

Borglum was concerned that, over time, his work on Mount Rushmore would lose significance, so he planned to add a secret room behind the president’s faces called the ‘Hall of Records’.

The room would contain busts of famous Americans, a list of United States contributions to science, arts and industry; replicas of the country’s constitution, and other important documents stamped on aluminum sheets.

Construction started in July 1938, but the United States government didn’t share his vision, and demanded that he focus on the faces instead.

Unfortunately, Borglum died in 1941 before the work could be completed on the Hall of Records.

The works were scrapped and the sculpture was instead declared complete that same year.

More than 50 years later, in 1998, his dream was finally completed when a repository of records contained in a titanium vault covered by a granite capstone was placed on the floor of the hall entry.

The repository contains panels explaining how Mount Rushmore came to be carved by whom, a short history of the United States, and reasons for selecting the four presidents depicted on the mountain.

Sadly, the room is closed to the public, though what is inside is not too much of a secret anyway.

The closest anyone can get is the ruin-like doorway which recedes several feet into the mountain.

Much like the abandoned island that’s connected to New York City by tunnels that no one is allowed to visit, or the secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.