Imagine climbing a massive staircase to the top of Mount Rushmore. There, in addition to seeing the presidential heads up close, you can also step behind them and into a hidden entrance.
Once you walk inside, you see ornate decorations on the walls, beautiful gold and glass display cases on each side, and within those cases, documents that tell the story of early America until today.
After spending a day roaming the halls and learning more about the achievements and successes throughout American history, you descend the staircase to the base of the mountain, thrilled by the experience.
That was the dream of the original Mount Rushmore designer. He planned an entire museum and hall of records to be built within the mountain itself, mimicking designs from wonders such as the Pyramids of Giza.
Unfortunately, his plan was never able to make it to the end. After completing just 70 feet of construction into the mountain, funding ran out for the project and additional funds were given to the war effort.
Left with only a vision but no way to execute the plan, the designer had to give up his dream of a beautiful museum and finish construction on the heads themselves.
When you visit Mount Rushmore today, you will no doubt be amazed at the scale and artistry of the presidential heads. But now you will also look at them with the knowledge that there could have been so much more.