Crazy Horse Monument

Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Monday, September 16, 2013

Our first stop in South Dakota was to see the "Crazy Horse Monument". Here is some history to put the pictures in perspective.

History:
It all started in 1929, Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, initiated the project to honor Crazy Horse by writing to the Polish-American sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, saying in part, "My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes, too." The American sculptor had worked on Mount Rushmore in 1924. 

Standing Bear and Ziolkowski scouted potential monument sites together. Ziolkowski suggested carving the memorial in the Wyoming Tetons where the rock was better for sculpting, but the Sioux leader insisted it be carved in the Black Hills, which are sacred to Lakota culture

After making models, Ziolkowski started blasting for the monument in 1948. It depicts Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance.  The sculpture's final dimensions are planned to be 641 feet (195 m) wide and 563 feet (172 m) high. The head of Crazy Horse will be 87 feet (27 m) high; by comparison, the heads of the four U.S. Presidents at Mount Rushmore are each 60 feet (18 m) high.

You can see from the picture with the white lines is the outline of what the completed monument would be. As you can see only the head is complete at this time. There is no date for its completion, only 10 people are working on it at this time. The best guess is somewhere in the next 50 years! I think when it is done it will be unbelievable.!
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