Gutzon Borglum, son of Danish...
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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'The Borglums were Danish and fiercely proud of it, and were of the opinion that they were descended from a noble and distinguished European family.' Years later Gutzon sent his father to Denmark to research their ancestors. It turned out that the Borglums were descendants of the family de la Mothe, a title bestowed upon one Conrad Reinhardt who had set out with the German emperor, Frederick Barbarossa, on a crusade to the Holy Land. Conrad saved the emperor from certain death and was rewarded with the honorary and hereditary title De La Mothe - 'the one of courage'. The title passed through countless of generations during the subsequent centuries - including to Gutzon!
The carvings on Mount Rushmore were begun in 1927, and work stopped in 1941 after Gutzon's death the same year. Europe was at war, Japan would soon attack Pearl Harbor, funds for the project dried up and went to the rearmament of U.S. forces.
Today millions each year travel to Mount Rushmore to see for themselves this magnificent site.