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RV Day 34

Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone and we decided to see the Crazy Horse Memorial first before dropping in on ‘the Presidents’. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. This is something that you look at and have to just sit and stare at it. Even Alyssa enjoyed this one. The memorial is beautiful and makes you ask: Why? Regardless, it is truly fascinating to see in person.

Like we said before, we saw Crazy Horse before we saw Mount Rushmore. I think if you are going to see both these monuments in one day, you should see Mount Rushmore first and then Crazy Horse and make sure you sit in on the 14 minute presentation on Crazy Horse to find out that the heads of the four Presidents actually fit in the head of Crazy Horse.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota. It depicts Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance to the Black Hills and saying, "My lands are where my dead lie buried." The memorial was commissioned by Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski. It is operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a private non-profit organization.

The memorial consists of the mountain carving (monument), the Indian Museum of North America, and the Native American Cultural Center. The monument is being carved out of Thunderhead Mountain on land considered sacred by some Oglala Lakota, between Custer and Hill City, roughly 27 km from Mount Rushmore. 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.

The monument has been in progress since 1948 and is far from completion. If completed, it may become the world's largest sculpture, as well as the first non-religious statue to hold this record since 1967.

Posted by V3USA 06:10

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