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Crazy Horse Memorial

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Only partially completed, the Memorial will eventually look similar to this large model. Photo taken July 2004.
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as seen from US 16
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the Crazy Horse Memorial on 15 June 2004

Crazy Horse Memorial, located between Custer and Hill City in South Dakota, will be the world's largest sculpture—carved right out of Thunderhead Mountain. When complete, the sculpture will be 641 feet (195 m) wide and 563 feet (172 m) high. By comparison, the heads of Mount Rushmore are 60 feet (18 m) high.

It was begun in 1948 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski at the request of several Lakota chiefs. The sculpture portrays the chief Crazy Horse, who among other things, led the Oglala Sioux at the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

Crazy Horse resisted being photographed, due to strong beliefs in preserving the culture and ways of the traditional Native Americans, but his portrait in the form of a monument carved right out of the mountain has become a legend in the tale of Native Americans. "My lands are where my dead lie buried" are his words over the impressive, unfinished work in the sacred Black Hills.

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