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.
The Interior Library at the Main Interior Building is located between C and E streets, at 18th Street Northwest, three blocks southwest of the White House.
Limited metered parking is available on adjacent streets. To reach the Interior Library by Metro, take the Blue or Orange line to the Farragut West station. Exit at 18th Street and walk five (5) blocks south to the Main Interior Building.
Visitors to the Main Interior Building are required to use the C Street entrance, however visitors with disabilities may use either the C or E Street entrances. Visitors to the building are required to show a valid picture ID.
The temporary Interior Library is now open in Room 2262 of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. Due to the modernization of wing 1 of the building, the Interior Library's historic Reading Room and stack areas have been closed to patrons.