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Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse
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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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  • To 'competition' to Mount Rushmore and the 4 gigantic American Presidents carved into the rock, the old Indian Chief Standing Bear was asked in 1948 to a sculptor of Polish origin Ziolkowski to create a memorial to the memory of the Chief and warrior Crazy Horse Sioux. It had that this sculpture be larger and higher than Mount Rushmore in order to repair the affront by the Americans in sculpting this monument on the sacred ground of the Indians, the Black Hills. The work began it nearly 70 years and is far from over. However the face of Crazy Horse is now complete and there is still to make his arms and the horse. It is ' a lot of things to see in this memorial. Visit the exhibition, but especially to see the film on the life of the Ziolkowski family entirely dedicated to this work. Some would say it's a bit of humbug, that there is not much to see but I think it is exaggerated. At night there is a sound and lights on the monument and there are also Fireworks. I think that it's still worth going there firstly to see this mammoth task and also to soak up the unique atmosphere of the Black Hills and the history of the "native americans". For those who would like it we can approach by bus as close to the construction site, but pays off (in addition to the entry).
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  • We returned during the low season to see the Crazy Horse Memorial Site after 30 years. So much has now changed since our last visit. First the site grounds. The many museum areas and the walking tour ...  more »
  • This was a touching and very educational visit. The staff treats you like family. I wanted to buy everything inside the gift shop. I can not wait until the carving is complete. I will absolutely go ba...  more »
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  • 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!
  • The moment we found out at the entry booth how much they were charging and what those prices covered we U turned our way out of there. I had already experienced a similar scam at Royal Gorge in Colorado which by itself us beautiful but they have manufactured some forms of entertainment to juice you. The monument us NEVER going to be complete in our generation. It will take 6 more generations? Really? In this day and age with all the technology?
  • This place is a scam. You pay $28 to get into the main area, and then pay another couple dollars to get a bus ride up to the incomplete monument. From a video made in 2012, it looks like nothing has changed. They also plan on building a university & an airport. Yes, an AIRPORT. What about your incomplete monument? Like I said, complete scam.
  • One of the most remarkable places to visit in the area - way better than Mt. Rushmore. Fascinating history and truly an amazing project that is fun to see year over year to see the progress being made. Food is great, staff is friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend visiting this at least once in your life time - you will want to come back if only to see the progress. Make sure you take the tour to the base of the mountain and is it puts everything into perspective.
  • 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.