The Crazy Horse Memorial


The Crazy Horse Memorial is located in the Black Hills in South Dakota. The mountain is the 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.

The purpose of this memorial is to honor 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, 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 under construction since 1948 with lots still to do before completion.
  • The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation does not accept any federal or state funds as it is a non-profit foundation.
  • 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 Crazy Horse but it is an artistic expression of him.