Sunday, January 15, 2017

Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

Down the road from Mount Rushmore, is the Crazy Horse Memorial. We first learned about this monster project when we watched Youtube's version of "How the States got their Shapes". You really do learn something new every day.

The monument has been in progress since 1948 and is far from completion. The last known work was done in 2010. If completed, it may become the world's largest sculpture, as well as the first non-religious statue.

It will depict Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. The memorial was commissioned by Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski. It is operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a private non-profit organization.

Crazy Horse was a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota. He took up arms against the U.S. Federal government to fight against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people.


The memorial is a non-profit undertaking, and receives no federal or state funding. The Memorial Foundation charges fees for its visitor centers and earns revenue from its gift shops.

Your entrance fee lets you explore the museums and gift shop areas, if you are interested in heading to the base of the mountain, it is $4 extra per person. I did see signs advertising tour that will take you to the top of, but seeing as how it was the middle of winter it probably wasn't the best idea.

Overall, it was a good stop off, since we were in the area. Everything from admission prices to purchases from the gift shop goes to continuation of the project. I'd love to see it completed, but it seems like it won't be completed for another 3 generations! Maybe I'll be able to take my grandchildren there to see it completed!

Additional Info:
GPS:12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730
Costs: $28.00 Per car – more than 2 people
$22.00 = 2 people in car
$11.00 = Per person
$5.00 = Per person on motorcycle,
$5.00 = Per bicycle
Free = Children 6 and Under

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Over Winter Break we headed off to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore! Mt. Rushmore has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Since we are no strangers to road trips, when we realized it was only a 7.5 hr drive, we started planning out our trip!

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a granite batholith formation in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota. 

The monument was Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum. Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres  and is 5,725 feet above sea level.

The carving started in 1927, and ended in 1941 with no fatalities. I was so impressed with this, seeing as how 90% of the carving was done with dynamite! Historian Doane Robinson conceived the idea for Mount Rushmore in 1923 to promote tourism in South Dakota. Nearly three million people visit Mount Rushmore each year. The busiest months are June, July and August. May, September and October are less busy and popular months to visit as well.

Since we went in December there were far less people than if we went during the summer. But for December there were quit a bit of people. We explored everything there was to do in the area. I would highly suggest checking out the museum underneath, it gives such a great history into the making of Mt. Rushmore, and why they chose the 4 Presidents that they did.

Being able to visit Mt. Rushmore was such a great experience. I love the fact that there is so much to do in all of America! If you ever get the chance make sure you visit! 

Additional Info:
GPS: 13000 Highway 244, Keystone, South Dakota
Hours: October 2, 2016 - March 11, 2017 : 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
March 12 - September 30, 2017: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per vehicle | $5 for Seniors (62 and older) | Free for Active Duty Military