Last surviving Mount Rushmore carver dies at 98

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The last surviving carver of the Mount Rushmore monument passed away at the age of 98 this weekend.

Donald “Nick” Clifford was 17 when he joined a team of 400 men to carve the memorial. Clifford has been the last living carver for 12 years.

Clifford leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Clifford. Nick clearly touched the lives of many as people shared memories of him on social media.

It took 14 years to carve Mount Rushmore. Initial work began in 1927 and ended in 1941.

 

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