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dougie_monty
03-12-2010, 02:56 AM
Where is the monument that shows such heroic Indians as Crazy Horse (a "Native American" counterpart of Mount Rushmore)? And if it is still unfinished, how far has the work on it progressed?

xash
03-12-2010, 03:24 AM
http://www.crazyhorsememorial.org/faq/

The world's largest mountain carving, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota

When will the mountain carving be completed?
Because of several factors, such as the uncertainty of the weather, the availability of financing and the challenges of the mountain engineering, there is no way to predict a completion date for the mountain carving. When Korczak died on October 20, 1982, his parting words to his wife were, "You must work on the mountain -- but go slowly so you do it right." Crazy Horse Memorial is a project that will never end, even after the mountain carving is complete. The Ziolkowski family and the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation are dedicated to making careful and steady progress on all of the Memorial's humanitarian goals as well as on the mountain carving.

md2000
03-12-2010, 09:22 AM
I believe they have finished the head (front only?), the arm is just a bridge over a hole, and they are "benching" away the excess rock to start finishing the horse's head.

It'll be a while. But... it's huge, and they refuse to take government money.

Colophon
03-12-2010, 09:57 AM
It's up there (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&safe=off&q=Avenue+of+the+Chiefs+Custer,+SD+57730&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Ave+of+the+Chiefs,+Custer,+South+Dakota+57730,+United+States&gl=uk&ei=b1WaS7PZF8fKjAfI1aSyDA&ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA&ll=43.819573,-103.640084&spn=0,359.96717&z=15&layer=c&cbll=43.819871,-103.640051&panoid=dMlZt78lhvUHDuIrGwdtww&cbp=12,30.69,,1,-1.59), but the Street View imagery is really low-res here (must be earlier photos).

Wouldn't you hate to be the guy that goofs on the blasting and blows Mr Horse's head off?

md2000
03-12-2010, 10:11 AM
Sometime around mid-June every year they have a day called IIRC "volksmarch" where you can actually walk up to the top, in front of the head.

BrotherCadfael
03-12-2010, 11:32 AM
Two years ago, I visited the Crazy Horse monument, and then went directly to Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore was underwhelming after Crazy Horse.

hogarth
03-12-2010, 02:37 PM
Sometime around mid-June every year they have a day called IIRC "volksmarch" where you can actually walk up to the top, in front of the head.
When I was there last summer, it looked like they'd take you up to the head as long as you were willing to pay them for the privelige (something like $100-$200 dollars, I think).

Two years ago, I visited the Crazy Horse monument, and then went directly to Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore was underwhelming after Crazy Horse.
Well, Crazy Horse is much bigger. But I thought the educational exhibits and park rangers at Mt. Rushmore were much more entertaining and informative.

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