Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
Admission: The Interior Museum is open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. The Museum and public events are free of charge. Adults are required to show a photo ID to gain admittance to the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.
Location: U.S. Department of the Interior Interior Museum 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 (Located in the 1200W wing of the Building, near the entrance at C Street)
Parking and Transportation: By Metro Take the 18th Street exit at the Farragut West Metro Station and walk south towards Constitution Avenue. The entrance to the Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building is 6 blocks south on C Street between 18th and 19th.
Driving Directions: From the North Take either 95 or 295 south to the Capitol Beltway, Route 495 Take 495 west towards Northern Virginia. Take exit 30, Georgia Avenue/29 south Proceed about 2 miles to 16th Street south. 16th Street veers to the right at this large intersection. Go approximately 10 miles to I Street, turn right. At the 4th light, turn left onto 19th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 6 blocks south on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From the South Take 395 North to Washington Boulevard/Memorial Bridge/Pentagon/Arlington Cemetery. Move to left lane. Cross Memorial Bridge in the center lane. At the Lincoln Memorial bear left and follow the road to the left on Henry Bacon Avenue until it ends at Constitution Avenue. Make a right on Constitution. Turn left onto 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From Northern Virginia Take I-66 into Washington, staying in center lane to arrive at Constitution Ave. Turn left onto 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
From Western Maryland Take 270 South to 495 West toward Northern Virginia. After crossing American Legion Bridge, take the next exit to the George Washington Parkway. You will cross the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge and end up on Constitution Avenue. Turn left on 18th Street. The entrance to the Main Interior Building is 1 block north on C Street between 18th and 19th.
Parking: Metered street parking is available but limited. Public parking garages are located on New York and Pennsylvania Avenues and 17th and 18th Streets.
Accessibility: An accessible entrance is located at the E Street entrance of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.
Security Procedures: All adults are required to present a photo ID to enter the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.
Places to Eat: The Bison Bistro, located in the basement of the Interior Building, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are many restaurants located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th Street NW.