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The Crazy Horse Memorial  

The Crazy Horse Memorial is located in the Black Hills in South Dakota. The mountain is 27th highest mountain in South Dakota with a height of 6,532 feet. This memorial is still under construction. After completion, it will depict Crazy Horse, a Native American war leader from Oglala Lakota, riding a horse being the world’s largest sculpture. The purpose of this memorial is to honour the culture of living Native Americans. Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear and Sculpture Korczak Ziolkowski dedicated the memorial in June, 1948.


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Quick Facts: –

  • Ziolkowski worked on the memorial until the time of his death in 1982 and then his foundation continued the work.
  • The Crazy Horse Memorial is planned to stand 563 feet high and 641 feet long. The head of the sculpture alone is more than 87 feet high.
  • The monument has been in progress since 1948 is far from getting completed.
  • The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation does not accept any federal or state funds as it is a non-profit foundation.
  • The Crazy Horse is best known for fighting against George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
  • This monument was likely inspired by the Mount Rushmore Monument.
  • Korczak Ziolkowski had previously worked on the Mount Rushmore monument under Gutzon Borglum.
  • The Crazy Horse Memorial is only about 8 miles away from Mount Rushmore.
  • The monument is not a true replica of the Crazy Horse but it is an artistic expression of him.



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