Construction of Mount Rushmore National Memorial outside Keystone, South Dakota, designed by Gutzon Borglum. Face of George Washington emerging on mountain. Workers hang down to carve out fine facial features. Blasts are carried out in the mountain. Smoke and dust erupt as the mountain is blasted. Rock and particulate matter falls from the blasted part.
Scene opens with music playing and a large sign displayed reading: "2:oo AM, Band, Forks of Salmon Fire Camp." (Forks of Salmon is an unincorporated community of Siskiyou County in northern California, USA.) A band (named 2:00 AM) is playing and several people are dancing. Announcer states that the band members lost their home in the (still uncontained) fire, last Monday (August 31, 1987). A firefighter member of a Rocky Mountain team from Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota, wearing yellow shirt and red cap, expresses appreciation for welcome by Californians.
A Chinese caravan sponsored by Wally Byam Caravan Club visits the United States for the purpose of understanding and goodwill between the people of the U.S. and China. Animated map of the United States. A view of a city. A man gives a signal. An airstream trailer parked. A band plays music. People crowd in large numbers. A Chinese man arrives in a trailer. People on a road click pictures. He gets off from the trailer. The Chinese man speaks. The Americans shake hands with the Chinese people who arrive in the trailer. The Americans crowd and take pictures. An American man talks. Another Chinese man speaks. The trailers parked in the background. The Chinese flag and the American flag on a trailer. Two men talk. Chinese men seated in chairs. A man clicks a picture of a Chinese family. A Chinese woman. The Chinese people look at Mount Rushmore. People take pictures. A Chinese man speaks and a trailer in the background.
Work in progress at the famous mountain memorial, Mount Rushmore. Blasting takes place with emergence of large amount of smoke and dust. Face of George Washington appears on the mountain. Workers with safety ropes giving a finishing touch to the face. People at a distance discuss the progress of the work. Huts are seen over top of the mountain.
Scenes of U.S. Strategic Air Command Minuteman Missile Security Police at work in missile bases at Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls. Montans, Minot AFB, North Dakota, Elsworth AFB, Rapid City, South Dakota, Francis E. Warren AFB. Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Whiteman AFB, Missouri. An armed Air Force Security policeman walks past a parked B-52 bomber. Air Force film "Missile Guardians, SAC's Minutemen Security Police." Animated description of Missile Control Facilities. Missile Combat Officer opens 8 ton blast resistant door of facility. Interior of Launch Center with Officer at duty station. Safe (Red) containing missile launch keys. View of missile location, showing fence and intrusion detection radar antenna. Access cover, above missile, with seismic alarm system and combination lock. Security Police Controller in his office. Security alert team is summoned to respond to intrusion alarm. (Note: Narrated by Kemal Amen "Casey" Kasem)
Annual round up of American buffalo by cowboys and cowgirls at the Custer State Park in South Dakota, USA. View of the buffalo being rounded up for inspection. Riders on horseback seen assisting with the buffalo round-up.