Crazy Horse Monument
Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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On our way towards Custer we realized that we would be driving past the Crazy Horse Monument so we decided to stop by. It ended up costing us $20 to get in so we were a little annoyed about that, but we headed in to check it out.
The monument is nowhere near completed, but Crazy Horse's face is done at least. We watched an orientation video which told us the history of the monument and that it started in 1948. It seemed to us like some slow progress, but when they started showing before and current pictures, it was obvious they blew off ALOT of stone.
The Lakota Chief (Standing Bear) hired Korczak Ziolkowski in 1947 to carve Crazy horse in the Black Hills. The Black Hills are considered a Holy Place for many native american tribes, so they wanted to have this monument located here
Currently, the face of Crazy Horse is completed, and they have carved a hole through that is under his arm. They are currently working on the horses head. The model and the renderings of what it is to look like when complete is pretty amazing. We are hoping that we are alive to see it completed some day.
The video also informed us that they don’t use any federal or state money in the building of the monument (even though grants have been offerred to Ziolkowskis, they have turned them down). It is all off of the money they make from the entrance fee, gift shop, and donations. After that we felt a little bit better about the huge entrance fee. Haha. We spent some time exploring everything there is to see and then we headed out to Custer for our campground.