8 Facts about Mount Rushmore: Untold Stories

Mount Rushmore was named after Charles E. Rushmore, a lawyer from New York who traveled to the Black Hills in 1884. Consequently, the area’s natural beauty impressed him and he lobbied for its preservation. In recognition, the peak was later named after him.

However, the Lakota people once called the peak T̻uŋkášila Šákpe, or the Six Grandfathers, before it became Mount Rushmore. They named it in honor of Nicolas Black Elk, a Lakota medicine man.