Visiting northwest National Parks & the Crazy Horse Memorial with the Cape Gazette

July 28, 2019

“In June, Pat and I toured several National Parks in the Northwest, including Mount Rushmore, the Badlands in South Dakota, Yellowstone & the Tetons in Wyoming and Glacier National Park in Montana,” said Ron Schaeffer.

“They were all memorable, but we wanted to share our very moving experience at the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills near Hill City, South Dakota; about 30 minutes from Mount Rushmore. This is a private memorial, not a National Park. It is sustained only by admission fees and private donations; never receiving any State or Federal funds. It was started in 1949 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, who died in 1982, but his family has continued the project. The Native Americans chose Lakota Sioux leader, Crazy Horse, to represent all North American indigenous peoples. When completed, the mountain sculpture will be four times bigger than Mount Rushmore and will be taller than the Washington Monument in D.C. It will show Crazy Horse, riding his horse and pointing with his left hand to “our lands”. It’s a large facility, with a Native American Educational Center, an Indian Museum, a large and modern restaurant, and a conference center. It was a moving experience and well worth the visit.”

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