Featured United States Story | Mount Rushmore: The Secret Chamber
Called the Hall of Records, it was planned as a repository for the original Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
The four presidential faces, carved 60-feet high in the granite of Mount Rushmore, comprise one of America's most revered images. But many visitors cannot help thinking of Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 thriller North by Northwest, where he and Eva Marie Saint clamber across the monolith pursued by Communist spies. The shot was actually filmed in a Hollywood studio, but it convinced millions of people that they, too, could climb the patriotic monument—not the case.
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