Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

When we were selecting stops on our cross country drive, we decided to stay in Rapid City, South Dakota. This location was in the center of many of the attractions that we had targeted, namely Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park. Even though we had an interest in visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial, there wasn't time to fit it in.

There are times when fate intervenes. We had left Mount Rushmore and I must have missed my turn when heading for Custer State Park. Lo and behold, we were only 10 miles from the site of the memorial, so we headed there. It turned out to be quite the inspirational visit. 

On site is a wonderful museum with great displays and exhibits of the American Indian culture. If you visit there, don't miss the movie that tells the story of how the sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski came to the project and the work he performed on it from 1947 through his death in 1982. Since that time, his family has continued his work. The family will not accept government funds because Korczak believed in individual initiative and private enterprise. The project is funded by admission fees and donations and it's completion date cannot be determined. 


Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

The monument, when it is completed, will be about 10 times larger than Mount Rushmore. The statue to the left shows what the monument will look like when finished. As you can see, there is an awful lot to finish (if you look closely at the top photo, you can see the outline of the horse's head outlined in white. It was quite impressive to see in person and will be even more amazing when it is finished. I highly recommend spending time there if you visit the area. I am glad we ended up there.