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Fearless Workers

Balanced atop scaffolding and suspended from a leather harness, workers faced close calls daily as they carved Abraham Lincoln’s face from the granite rock of South Dakota’s Black Hills. But in the 14 years it took to carve four U.S. Presidents’ faces into Mount Rushmore, not one life was lost. “We didn't think that much about it,” says former driller Nick Clifford. “It was a job, and a job was hard to come by those days.”

Photograph from Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, circa 1936
From 100 Best Vintage Photographs, 2004

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