Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
54Trip End Jun 09, 2013
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After leaving there we did this amazing drive down to Custer State Park which featured pigtail bridges & 3 granite tunnels.
From there it was off to Crazy Horse Memorial. This is amazing. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski was completely self taught. Lakota Chief Standing Bear learned of the sculptor when he won an award at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair & invited him to the Black Hills to carve Crazy Horse, the famous fighter at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against Custer. He wrote "My fellow chiefs & I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes also". The project was started in 1948 & has never been federally funded, believing that it should be built by the interested public. Korczak married & they had 10 children, 6 of whom are still involved with the project. Before Korczak died in 1982, he left detailed plans to be used & his wife has carried on the project. When completed the mountain carving will be 641ft long & 563ft tall. The Indian Museum of North America is one of the best we have seen in our travels. We did a bus trip which takes you to the base of the Memorial & it allows you to see the front of the carving, which is being carved in the round, a massive undertaking.
We crossed the border in to Nebraska, still continuing west towards Utah now & down to the canyons.