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Crazy Horse Monument Tour Part of Mt Rushmore Tour
Join us on our all inclusive Mount Rushmore Tour and Caravan Tours will also take you to the Black Hills of South Dakota, just 16 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore to enjoy a guided Crazy Horse Monument tour.
Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest sculpture and has been a work in progress since 1947.
The History of Crazy Horse Monument
On the invitation of Chief Henry Standing Bear and other Native American elders, sculptor Korzczak Ziolkowski began carving Crazy Horse monument in 1947 in an area of the Black Hills South Dakota that remains sacred to the Lakota Indians.
“My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
Chief Crazy Horse, a Sioux Warrior, was chosen because of his values and the inspiration his story has left for people of all races. When asked, “Where are your lands now?” Chief Crazy Horse replied, “My lands are where my dead lie buried.” Sculptor Korzczak Ziolkowski chose to symbolize this in Crazy Horse Monument with the warrior’s outstretched left arm.
On the Crazy Horse Monument tour you’ll learn that Chief Crazy Horse was instrumental in the victory over General Custer at the battle of Little Bighorn, another stop on Caravan’s all inclusive Mount Rushmore tour. Visit our blog article entitled Little Bighorn Battlefield for more information.
The granite mountain carving that is Crazy Horse Monument tells the story of Chief Crazy Horse, a great and patriotic Native American hero who died in 1877 at the age of 35. While under a flag of truce at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, Chief Crazy Horse was stabbed in the back by an American soldier.
Crazy Horse Monument Tour Highlights
- When completed the Crazy Horse sculpture will be 641 feet long by 563 feet high.
- The head of Chief Crazy Horse is 87 feet 6 inches high.
- The horse’s head will be 219 feet or 22 stories high.
- The summit of Crazy Horse Monument is 6,740 ft above sea level.
- Korczak began carving the mountain with a gas-powered jackhammer.
- Korczak labored on the mountain for 35 years until his death in 1982.
- The monument is an ambitious project that will take much longer than one man’s lifetime to complete.
- Korczack’s family and extended family have carried on the project.
Crazy Horse Memorial is a non-profit cultural and educational humanitarian project dedicated to the Native Americans of North America. It includes the mammoth Crazy Horse sculpture, the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, Korzczak’s studio, the Indian University and medical training center, plus a 40,000 square foot Orientation center.
About Caravan Tours
Caravan Tours is a USA, family owned and operated, all inclusive tour company. Since 1952 we’ve offered affordable, all inclusive Guided Tours of the United States, Canada, and Central America, delivering an unrivaled standard of excellence.
Our all inclusive Mount Rushmore tour begins in Rapid City and ends in Salt Lake City Utah, and also includes:
- Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
- Mammoth Hot Springs
- Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park
- Plus a river float trip on Grand Tetons National Park’s majestic Snake River (weather permitting)
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