New book tells ‘untold story’ of Mount Rushmore carver Luigi Del Bianco

Oct 16, 2014 918

This Columbus Day, remember the name and face of Luigi Del Bianco, an Italian immigrant who was the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.

The main sculptor was the celebrated Gutzon Borglum, but according to author Douglas Gladstone's new book, "Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore," the main man on the scaffold sandblasting the granite faces of the four iconic American Presidents from 1933 to 1940 was an artisan stone carver from Meduno, Italy.

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