While you are in South Dakota to see the famous Mt. Rushmore Monument, be sure to visit the nearby work in progress.
The Crazy Horse Memorial, just eight miles from Mt. Rushmore is an undertaking of epic proportion. The first blast on Thunderhead Mountain to begin the work, took place in 1948. There were actually five survivors from the Battle of the Little Bighorn on hand to witness it. Work continued slow but sure since then, and at last in 1998 the face of the Oglala Lakota Warrior, Crazy Horse was completed and dedicated.
The memorial is open year-round, and work continues year-round. Once the face was completed, work began on the horse’s head. The massive creation is destined to become the world’s largest sculpture, if it is completed. So big it is, that all four President’s heads on Mt. Rushmore could fit inside Crazy Horse’s head!
The work is supported financially through fees from the visitor’s center and gift shop, and donations to the non-profit organization whose mission is to “honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians.”