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Crazy Horse Memorial – One of the Great New Wonders of the World!

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Honouring the American Indians in the Black Hills of America you will find the Crazy Horse Memorial. Just 17 miles from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, which is still in the making, is without doubt a wonder of the modern world. Both the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore provide stone illustrations of different aspects of American history.

Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski arrived in the Black Hills on May 3 1947. It was Korczak and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear that officially started the Crazy Horse Memorial on June 3 1948, drilling and blasting on the colossal mountain. Korczak worked on the project until his death on October 20 1982, at age 74. During his nearly 36 years of working on the mountain, he refused to take any salary from the Crazy Horse Memorial. Korczaks financial philosophy was that Crazy Horse would not be a government project, but rather it would exist as a non-profit humanitarian mission financed primarily from admission fees.

Its history revolves around Korzaks own extraordinary story, which can be seen in his log studio-home, workshop and sculptural galleries at Crazy Horse. Tribes from all across the United States, Canada and Mexico have contributed artifacts to the Indian Museum of North America sited at the Memorial. The museums exhibits illustrate the past and present lives of American Indians.

Today, Korzaks wife Ruth and seven of their sons and daughters have since dedicated their lives to continuing the Crazy Horse dream and his financial philosophy. The face of Crazy Horse was completed in 1998 and now stands as the fifth granite face in the Black Hills. When completed, Crazy Horse will stand 563 feet high, 641 feet long, and it will be carved in the round. Crazy Horse Memorial along with Korczaks home and workshop are open all year round to visitors. There is an admission fee which goes to the non-profit memorial.

Should you be interested in making a visit to this amazing piece of American history, then please contact one of our USA specialists on 01323 446550 or by e-mail info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Please also take a look at our website at www.experienceholidays.co.uk where you can read about our bespoke and tailor made holidays to suit everyone’s tastes.



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