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Old 11-01-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I am sitting in a hotel room far from home, watching the Discovery Channel. The latest episode of Brad Meltzer's Decoded came on, and I was delighted to see pictures of my beloved San Antonio!

Oddly enough, the topic of the show was Mount Rushmore, and apparently the granddaughter of sculptor Gutzon Borglum lives in our area!

Also, during the Rushmore project, Borglum and his son Lincoln lived in Beeville, Texas; 90 miles southeast of SA!

Most interestingly, Borglum also once lived in the city I am currently in!

Cheers! M2
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:01 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I read a couple years ago where Borglum lived in a shack at the top of the hill above Mahncke Park. Near the source of S.A.'s first water supply from a water tower near where the Botanical Gardens now sit. He supposedly worked on plans for the monument while there.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:40 PM
 
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I read a couple years ago where Borglum lived in a shack at the top of the hill above Mahncke Park. Near the source of S.A.'s first water supply from a water tower near where the Botanical Gardens now sit. He supposedly worked on plans for the monument while there.
I saw this episode too, I love that show. I found some pics of the studio on this site.

Emvergeoning » Gene Elder, Gutzon Borglum, The Alamo, and the MUD Underground. or “IF ITS NOT THE ALAMO, then its just a studio”

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This fateful studio, a two-story stone building near the Brackenridge golf course, was originally constructed under the supervision of George Washington Brackenridge in the mid-1880s. It served as the second pumphouse for the San Antonio Waterworks Co. until 1915 when it was abandoned. The pumphouse stood at the end of a long power canal which carried water to power turbines connected to a pump with a capacity of three million gallons daily. The water was lifted to the eastern end of Mahncke Park and in 1897 steam power was added to the station. Gutzon moved to the abandoned pumphouse in 1924, using it as a studio for 13 years.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Thank you! Great read...lots of great info. It's pretty much as I recall. He actually built the model for Mount Rushmore monument while here. I forgot to mention that!
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:19 AM
 
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Yes, it is local lore that Mount Rushmore was first carved in miniature here in town. Robert Frost also visited and stayed for a short time. Robert Johnson recorded some of his songs here as well. Geronimo stayed in the Quadrangle. Bonus information is that Bin Laden's family stayed here. One of them even died in a glider accident on the outskirts of town.
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Old 11-05-2011, 03:42 AM
 
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