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The two RV Gypsies
visited Crazy Horse Memorial
in the Black Hills of South Dakota
August 19, 2013

Leaving Custer State Park and driving to Crazy Horse was a pleasant ride with nice scenery.

scenery on the way to the Crazy Horse Memorial
sign for Crazy Horse memorial
 

Nature Gates - 46 feet long, with 270 brass silhouettes of animals.

Nature Gates outisde the Visitor Center of Crazy Horse memorial
Nature Gates outisde the Visitor Center of Crazy Horse memorial
Nature Gates outisde the Visitor Center of Crazy Horse memorial
Nature Gates outisde the Visitor Center of Crazy Horse memorial

This 9-foot 6-inch bronze statue of Fighting Stallions was on the grounds of the Crazy Horse Memorial.

sign for the Fighting Stallions statue
Fighting Stallions statue
Fighting Stallions statue

The exhibits and museum were vast with so much information. Of course the real attraction is the Crazy Horse Carving itself. The two RV Gypsies were disappointed that they could not get closer to the monument, and after paying $10 per person to get in, they did not want to pay more to take the bus down to get closer. It would be nice if the entrance fee to the monument also included the bus ride. If the two RV Gypsies were to ever return here, they would only go on the weekend when they let the public hike to the top. The two RV Gypsies missed the dance demonstration on the Viewing Veranda because they got there too late, because of spending the day at Custer State Park.

The welcome Center at Crazy Horse
bronze statue outside the Crazy Horse welcome center
teepee insisde the Crazy Horse welcome center

This buffalo statue was black/white on one side and red/yellow on the other side.

 
Buffalo statue
horse statue
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Crazy Horse literally means "His-Horse-Is-Crazy" or "His-Horse-Is-Spirited. " Crazy Horse was a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota. He took up arms against the U.S. Federal Government to fight against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party to victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876.

After surrendering to U.S. troops under General Crook in 1877, Crazy Horse was fatally wounded by a military guard while allegedly resisting imprisonment at Camp Robinson in present-day Nebraska. He ranks among the most notable and iconic of Native American tribal members and has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a 13¢ Great Americans series postage stamp.

Above quote from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
sign about Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse bronze bust
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Wild Bill Hickok bust in the Welcome Cenbter
Crazy Horse carving
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"My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too." These are the words Chief Henry Standing Bear wrote to sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in 1939 urging him to come back to the Black Hills and carve a mountain sculpture honoring American Indians. Ziolkowski arrived in the Black Hills in May of 1947. He worked on the mountain until his death on October 20, 1982. His family continues the dream and work progresses on the world's largest mountain sculpture. When finished, Crazy Horse will stand 641 feet long and 563 feet high.

Above quote from http://www.travelsd.com/Attractions/Crazy-Horse

Below: Statue of Korczak Ziolkowski by Ray Kroc

 
Statue of Korczak Ziolkowski by Ray Kroc

free rocks from Crazy Horse Mountain

free rocks from Crazy Horse Mountain
free rocks from Crazy Horse Mountain
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Below: six  views of an amazing motorcycle on display in the Welcome Center at Crazy Horse memorial

an amazing motorcyle on disply in the Welcome Center at Crazy Horse memorial
an amazing motorcyle on disply in the Welcome Center at Crazy Horse memorial
an amazing motorcyle on disply in the Welcome Center at Crazy Horse memorial
an amazing motorcyle on disply in the Welcome Center at Crazy Horse memorial
an amazing motorcyle on disply in the Welcome Center at Crazy Horse memorial
an amazing motorcyle on disply in the Welcome Center at Crazy Horse memorial

hearts divider lineAn Army motorcycle which could be won by someone

An Army motorcyle which could be won by someone

Shaquille O'Neal's shoe size 24
on display

Autographed Green Bay Packers football

Shaquille O'Neal's shoe size 24 on display
Autographed Green Bay Packers football

When Korczak accepted the invitation of Native Americans to carve a mountain memorial to their culture, he determined that it would be a humanitarian project. He wanted Crazy Horse to be much more than “just” a colossal mountain carving. He directed that the Memorial also would tell present and future generations the story of Native Americans by displaying outstanding examples of Indian culture and heritage – both of yesterday and today. The museum collection started out with single display donated in 1965 by Charles Eder, Assiniboine-Sioux, from Montana. Mr. Eder’s impressive collection remains on display in a place of honor in the Orientation and Welcome Center at Crazy Horse Memorial. Each year, tribal members and others contribute Native American art and artifacts to enhance the collection and make it more comprehensive and representative of all North American tribes. Close to 90 percent of the museum collection has been donated, both by Native Americans and non-Natives.

Native American exhbit sign
Native American exhbit
Native American exhbit
Native American exhbit
Native American exhbit
Native American exhbit
sign about Sitting Bull
photo and sign about Sitting Bull
Indian head-dress
decorated drum

At first the two RV Gypsies did not know what the below T-shirt has to do with Indians or Crazy Horse, but it sure made the two RV Gypsies laugh. But thinking it over, the T-shirt must represent the fact that much of the mountain was carved by blasting.

funny T-shirt

Work on the Crazy Horse Memorial began in 1948. The two RV Gypsies doubt that it will be completed in their lifetime.

photo when work began in 1948

When finally completed, the monument depicting Chief Crazy Horse on his steed will be 641 feet long by 563 feet high, the largest sculpture in the world.

sign telling mountain carving progress

Below: On the Viewing Veranda there is a scale model of the carving that is 1/34th of the original size. The photo below on the left shows scale model with the real mountain 3/4 of a mile in the distance. The photo below on the right is the back side of the scale model carving.

scale model with mountain in background
scale model of back side of carving

Views of the world's largest carving in progress, as seen from the Viewing Veranda.

Crazy Horse Mountain
Crazy Horse Mountain
insert from brochure of Crazy Horse Memorial completion
Crazy Horse Mountain at night
Crazy Horse Mountain at night
Laughing Water Restaurant and moon
Nature Gates at night
the moon

Legends in Light Show is a laser-light storytelling presentation illuminates cultural diversities and celebrates similarities and encourages harmony among all people. Because it was not easy to photograph the light show, below is the brochure given out at the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Legends in Light show brochure

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