Mt. Rushmore is not the only massive sculture to see here in the Black Hills, the memorial to the Indian leader Crazy Horse is underway just north of the town of Custer.
The Crazy Horse Memorial is spectacular. The size and scope of it, the history behind it, it is very cool.
The first blast on the mountain was in 1948 and sixty years later work continues. The project is entirely funded by entry fees, donations and gift shop sales, no government money has been accepted by those behind the project. So it actually felt really good to pay our $20 to get in (you can give too!). The visitor center experience begins with a film about the history of the project, the sculptor who designed it and his legacy. Then there are lots of artifacts of both Native American life as well as the actual blasting/carving process. The visitor center is beautiful and huge and even includes the home the sculptor built for himself and later his family.
It feels like history in action to see it not yet complete. Some day I can visit again and hopefully see that progress has been made. Some day further on Sarah Michael can return with her children and she’ll see an even greater change.