Tuesday, June 27, 2017


                            Who Knew? Ever heard of Doane Robinson or Gutzon Borglum?

     One day, a man, Doane Robinson, got an idea. He shared that idea with a few people. The next thing you know, something great was started. Little did that man know that his one small thought would mushroom into a monument that would dazzle millions of people for years.

     One of the fascinating things about the construction of Mount Rushmore's incredible sculpture is
that when interviewed about their work on the stone façade as they hung over the rocks, sometimes in horrific weather conditions, is the workmen said, "That was our job." They didn't think what they were doing was anything more than that. They were paid by the hour, and when they had to haul their lunch boxes and equipement up several flights to get to their work sites, they weren't paid until they got to the top. Their boss, Gutzon Borglum, an artist and sculptor, a man most people have never heard of, was all business. There were no pats on the back or bonuses in those days. As a matter of fact, some of the workers didn't particularly care for "the boss." He could be pretty snarky, apparently, but they respected his mission, and they saw it through to the end.

     So what's the point? The point is, that all successes begin with an idea. Have you ever had an idea, and thought to yourself, "Someone should invent. . . . " only to find a few years later that some guy in a remote city in Oklahoma invented it and is now a billionaire? Tends to tick you off, right?

     What idea do you have today? It doesn't have to create a legendary monument, but it might make someone else's life easier, or it might spark an idea in someone else who could create something to make the world a better place. Who ever heard of Doane Robinson or Gutzon Borglum? Maybe one day they'll say that about you.

     This monument is definitely worth visiting. Awe-inspiring and colossal, it makes you proud to be an American. The countryside around the monument is as beautiful and breath-taking. Put it on your bucket list.