In Part Two of this South Dakota Road Trip, we explored Black Hills National Forest, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Part Three continues our journey.

 

Crazy Horse – Memorial in Progress

 


 

Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and his family have been carving the Crazy Horse Memorial since 1948. Ziolkowski had worked with Borglum on the Mount Rushmore Memorial.

 

Aware of Ziolkowski’s talents, members of the Lakota tribe invited him to carve one of the tribes heroes – Crazy Horse – into the mountain. Thus far, the Ziolkowski family has managed to dynamite, jackhammer, bulldoze, and carve the face of Crazy Horse, his extended arm, and part of his horse’s head. When finished, Crazy Horse will dwarf the four presidents on Mount Rushmore.

 

The Crazy Horse complex has a theater, gift shop, viewing area, restaurant, Indian museum, and Indian cultural center. Displays include a 16-ton, 1/34-scale model of Crazy Horse.

Emerson:
 
The final destination on the journey of a lifetime was Crazy Horse Memorial. We began our expedition there by watching a motion picture of the history of Crazy Horse and the Korczak Ziolkowski family. Besides seeing the project Crazy Horse, which is impressive in itself, there was a large collection of Native American artifacts.
 
It was very interesting to learn about their culture and their way of life. I feel closer to my roots as an American after that trip.

 

 

 

  

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