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Aug 23, 2017 - Aladdin General Store and Crazy Horse Memorial

August 23, 2017 Back on the road again, this time to a park near the Crazy Horse Memorial. But we had to make a little stop in Hulet again. Turns out we have one of our new tires (from our last trip to End of Trail) that was developing a slow leak. I try to check the tires regularly to assure that they are at the right pressure, and this tire was consistently lower than the others. I have a tank that we carry that we can use to fill up the tires, but it was running low, so I decided we needed to get this fixed. Luckily Hulet has an Ag coop...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

It is a great day! After breakfast at the café, we head to Crazy Horse. Boy is it crowded. Fortunately, we are waved to the first parking lot because of the motorcycle. “Where do you want us?” “Just find a spot.” Today, anyone can go up on the arm of Crazy Horse for free. They offer this twice a year and we are here. Great! On second thought, maybe not. You have to walk up. We will pass. We have a great visit. We watch the video and get our raffle tickets. We can really see the progress since our last visit. Still, it is doubtful that it...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Crazy Horse

Today was just an afternoon of touristing with the Crazy Horse Monument being our prime destination. To get there we decided to use the shortcut thru Custer State Park. Since we intend to spend some time there, we purchased a 7 day pass at the entrance station for a mere 15 dollars. It's where the deer and the buffalo roam plus the elk bugle, the goats wander, and the big horn sheep keep watch. G and I could only manage to stop at the visitor center which is housed in a stone and timber building constructed by the CCC. I have seen many...

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Aug 22, 2013 - Crazy Horse Memorial

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Jul 5, 2013 - Crazy Horse Memorial - 65 years and still working on this massive monument

Another location we have visited before is the Crazy Horse Monument. Since Rand and Doug were working there this summer, we spent more time there than before. Rand arranged for a Native Sioux college student to give us a tour of part of the museum, and we returned for more time there another day and also enjoyed watching native tribal dances. We also visited at night for the light show at the monument. The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument complex that is under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer...

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Jul 31, 2012 - Crazy Horse Monument

We visited Crazy Horse Memorial, it is totally funded by donations, no federal or state funds are used. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear officially started Crazy Horse Memorial June 3, 1948. The Memorial’s mission is to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation demonstrates its ongoing commitment to this promise. Because of several factors, such as the uncertainty of the weather, the availability of financing and the challenges of the mountain...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Bear Country & Crazy Horse

Spent the day with Dick & Brenda. We went Bear Country USA which is a 3 mile drive- through park where we saw animals roam free in 250 acres. We saw Rocky Mt Elk, Reindeer Arctic Wolf, Big Horn Sheep, Dall Sheep, Rocky Mt Goat, Mt Lion, Timber Wolves, Buffalo, Miniature Donkey and Bear. The brochure says that is the "largest privately owned collection of American Black Bear". Most of the bear are shedding their winter coat so they looked a little scruffy. After the ride through the park, we went into the visitors center where we saw the...

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Jun 26, 2011 - Crazy Horse Memorial

The Crazy Horse monument was first on our agenda today. It was massive and impressive! We spent quite a long time learning about the monument and sculptor and the Indians of the area. Again, the temperature was right at 80 degrees and it was a perfect day to be outside! After having lunch back at the motorhome, we set out to drive the Needles Highway again. Once the rain and hail hit us yesterday, we couldn’t explore very well, and it was such a neat place that we wanted to see more of it. We did our first geocaching of the trip today along...

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May 25, 2011 - Ellsworth AFB - Crazy Horse Memorial

This is a continuation of the Mount Rushmore post, but to us warranted one on its own due to all the information and pictures we took while here. Crazy Horse: The Fifth Face! We continued our drive on Iron Mountain Road and took the turn-off to see this “newest” feature here in the Black Hills located north of Custer City on Hwy 385 driving through some of the prettiest countryside. To include driving along a portion of the 108-mile long George S. Mickelson bike/walking trail. The Mount Rushmore Memorial encouraged another accomplished...

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Apr 26, 2011 - Crazy Horse Memorial

We took several day trips. The Crazy Horse Memorial is outside of Custer City. Mr. Korczak Ziolkowski was the original sculptor of the mountain. He dedicated it to Crazy Horse Chief of the Lakota Indians. He married and had 10 children and they all helped with the sculpting. When he died his family is carring on the tradition and it is private funded.

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Sep 20, 2010 - memorials

Today we visited Custer State Park in South Dakota. The park is just south of the Black Hills. It covers a lot of territory and the road through the park passes through their bison grazing fields. They have a huge herd and the animals will graze right up to the road. The cars just stop and let them cross the road and the bison are not shy about demanding their pedestrian rights. But more fun is their herd of mules. They are not shy either and in fact are known as the "beggin' mules". Several came right up to the window and if the window had...

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Aug 14, 2010 - Crazy Horse and Needles Hwy

We returned to the Crazy Horse Monument to get a closer look. We took a bus to the base of the monument. For $125 you can go to the top. We spent a couple of hours in the various building which are full of Indian art and sculptures by Korczak Ziolkowski. He designed the monument and died in 1982 before any of the main carving was started. They will not predict a date for the completion. Some say another 36 yrs or so. Most of the work is done by his children under the direction of his wife. They started the project in 1948 and the face was...

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