Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse
Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
A massive stone carving honoring the Oglala Lakota warrior and hero Crazy HorseCrazy Horse Memorial has the potential to become the world’s largest sculpture at 195 m (641 ft) wide and 172 m (563 ft) high. This memorial was originally commissioned by Chief Henry Standing Bear in 1948 and has yet to be completed. The monument is located in the Black Hills, a land sacred to Lakota culture, only 27 km (17 mi) away from Mount Rushmore. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s widow now oversees the ongoing work and the education of visitors on Native American culture. Entrance fees support the continued construction of this work in progress, as the sculpture receives no federal or state funding. Arrange to visit Crazy Horse Memorial and other attractions in Crazy Horse using our Crazy Horse travel itinerary planner.
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This monument is being done by family members and their generations to come with no other US funding. It is taking years to complete . The artists vision and model of how it will look completed is min... read more »
It’s so massive, if the chief’s face hadn’t been completed, you wouldn’t know what you are looking at. Although the project started in 1948, there is still a long road ahead to completion. After viewi... read more »
This is our second visit here and much has been accomplished over the decades. What was little more than an outline is now much more complete with a complete face and discernible arm and other feature... read more »
This is one of those must-see, "bucket-list" places. Only took me 60 years to get here. Very inspiring. Amazing to see what is being done (still an active site with demolition) using only private funds. Hard to get real perspective of overall size--but impressive to know that the head of Crazy Horse alone is larger than all four heads of Mt. Rushmore combined. Great gift shop and eating facilities. Wide walkways are handicap friendly. Shuttle busses are available (extra cost) to get closer to actual monument. Many displays with background information on Native American traditions and peoples. Actually more awe-inspiring than Mt. Rushmore. Don't do one without the other--but give a full day to each one!
It has been a rather long time since I visited there, but it is etched deeply in my memory and if ever able, I would go back in a heart beat. It is not only just here, but all around. The people, what they have to offer, and what you learn. Just remember to look at what is important, the history, art and native people.
Looks like nothing more has been accomplished on this in the last 20 yrs or longer! We were here 7 yrs ago and still the same, so didn't pay to go in this time.. when i asked the man at the entrance when it will be done he told me in the next 2-4 generations.. Good lord! Guess i won't waste my time coming back to see if more is completed.. To my great great great grandchildren.. Enjoy it it your lifetime if it's done!! Lol!!
Be aware that when you're going there, you're just basically making a donation for the foundation. The view from the highway is equally as good. Unless you want to take your wallet out again to get into the bus that will take you to the base of the mountain. We couldn't find another way to get there (e.g. hike). There's a museum and gift shop and restaurant. They're projecting a video that is more about the sculptor and his family, not really about crazy horse or native americans. There are other events such as native americans dancing, which we didn't see in our short trip. Overall we didn't find much value for our $11/person. I guess we can feel good about the fact that we contributed towards the completion of the mountain (which hopefully will happen within the next century, since nobody mentioned about a completion date) or towards the "university" summer program for native americans.
Great experience and education for myself and kids!! Just wish we were able to view a dance. It's fine though. Still worth the money $, not only for funding, but for the culture u can take in. My wife and I plan on stopping in again when we come for Sturgis. Hopefully we catch the dance or light show!! #crazyhorse
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