Completed in 1941 under the direction of Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln, the sculpture’s roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. These men were chosen because all four played important roles in American history. The four presidents carved on Mount Rushmore National Memorial represent key themes of the nation’s history. Symbolizing freedom, liberty and the power of a dream, they have stood for 75 years high above the Black Hills, inspiring generations of families and visitors from all over the world. Image circa 1985.
With this image we conclude the posting of slide images converted to digital format. Hope you enjoyed the 1980’s images from all over the world.
Faces of Mt. Rushmore
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. America’s Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents who represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. Image circa 1985.
Crazy Horse is the world’s largest mountain carving located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Born in 1840 along Rapid Creek, Crazy Horse rose to become one of the most powerful and most recognized Native American figures of the Lakota Indian Tribe. Korczak Ziolkowski began work on Crazy Horse Memorial in 1948. Once complete, this tribute to the Lakota leader will be the largest mountain carving in South Dakota, and the world.
At the time when these images were shot in 1985, the memorial was but a dream. The sculpture in progress is of the Lakota warrior Chief Crazy Horse astride a stallion with his arm and pointed hand stretched out over the horse’s mane. It’s taking awhile. The Crazy Horse Memorial — taller than the Washington Monument and well over two football fields wide — has been 64 years in the making.
Chief Crazy Horse Memorial
Just a Dream
It almost appears that these unique calcium carbonate formations are actually growing from the walls of a cave
The Yellowstone region is one of the most dynamic seismic areas in the world—wracked by earthquakes, cracked by water boiling to the surface, and littered with the detritus of previous volcanic eruptions. Image circa 1985.
Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States. It was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. Image circa 1985.
Old Faithful Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park is comprised primarily of high, forested, volcanic plateaus that have been eroded over – the millennia by glaciation and stream flow and that are flanked on the north, east, and south by mountains. Image circa 1985.
Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope. One of the many geyser images circa 1985.
Interesting landscape captured while driving through South Dakota circa 1985.
Formations of a Different Kind
Continuing posting of images converted from slides, now images from United States.
Devils Tower is a laccolithic butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains in northeastern Wyoming. Image circa 1985.
A colorful guard at the gates of Windsor Castle in England …
Guarding Windsor Castle
The amazing Windsor Castle is the family home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years.
The size of the Castle (5 hectares/13 acres) is breath-taking, in fact it is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and it’s where The Queen chooses to spend most of her private weekends..
Captured somewhere in the world in 1980’s, this landscape setting is ideal for relaxation
Perfect Setting for Drinks
A final view of the Sydney skyline from Sydney Tower circa 1987.
St. Mary’s Cathedral is a Sydney landmark. Built to last, this 106 meter long sandstone Gothic Revival–style cathedral was begun in 1868, consecrated in 1905 and substantially finished in 1928, though the massive, 75 meter high spires weren’t added until 2000 (this image from Sydney Tower was circa 1987).
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The name Sydney Tower has become common in daily usage, however the tower has been known as the Sydney Tower Eye and other names. Opened to the public in 1981, the tower at 1,014 feet tall, is Sydney’s major tourist attraction. Images circa 1987.
Sydney Tower at Night
One doesn’t expect to see giraffes in Sydney, but they are present at Taronga Zoo.
Taronga Zoo is a Sydney zoo within a 15-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia and is located on the shores of Sydney Harbor. Opened in 1916, with spectacular views of Sydney, the zoo houses almost 4,000 animals including many native Australian ones and exotic species. Image circa 1987.
Giraffes in Sydney
With fishing poles in place, a fisherman enjoys the view of Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House circa 1987.
A Fisherman’s View of Sydney
Opened in 1932, as the largest steel arch bridge in the world, the Sydney Harbor Bridge is an iconic landmark spanning one of the finest natural harbors. The famous bridge took eight years to build using 53,000 tons of steel and six-million hand-driven rivets. During construction, the two steel halves of the towering arch met in the middle of the span. The bridge carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. Image circa 1987.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
A bench under a tree to view the famous landmarks of Sydney – Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Circa 1987.
Bench View of Sydney Landmarks