Friday, March 13, 2015

A secret chamber has been discovered deep within Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore’s sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, had originally wanted to include a “Hall of Records” at the site. Unfortunately, that plan was scrapped before he could finish building the hall — but part of it still remains.

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According to American Overlook:

The idea behind the Hall of Records was to create a time-capsule that preserved Democracy and told future mankind the story of America. It was to be designed to survive thousands of years after civilization.

Even 60 years after Borglum’s death, the Hall of Records remained incomplete. But in 1998 it was opened in honor of Borglum’s vision of America and photographers were allowed inside.

There are 16 enamel plates inside of the chamber that have the Bill of Rights written on them, as well as the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

The plates are sealed in a wooden box, which was placed in a vault and buried under a slab of granite weighing over 1 ton.

The Hall of Records currently is not open to the public, making it even more mysterious. Check out some of these photos of the cryptic room:

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