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Jul 10, 2010 - Crazy Horse Memorial

In 1940, Sioux tribal leaders asked sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to carve a memorial to Crazy Horse in the Black Hills. Crazy Horse was one of the greatest Sioux warriors. He is the one that led the Sioux victory at the Fetterman Massacre. CPT Fetterman bragged that he could "Ride over the Sioux nation with 80 troopers". Crazy Horse lured Fetterman and ironically 80 troopers away from Ft. Kearney in 1866 and ambushed him with 1,000 warriors. Crazy Horse killed every person in CPT Fetterman's command. Crazy Horse was also one of the Indian...

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May 30, 2010 - Crazy Horse Memorial

Today we are off to see the the nearby Crazy Horse Memorial, the mountain memorial to Crazy Horse, as representative of all Native Americans. We visited here over 30 years ago and can see the changes on the mountain, and in the visitor area. The Visitor Center is a huge building complex now with a theater for a visitor movie, museums, restaurant and native Indian art vendors. The monument itself has also changed: the face looks complete. However, work continues pretty much everywhere since the end product will be a 360 decree sculpture of a...

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Sep 6, 2009 - Deadwood & Lakota's

Went back into Deadwood in the morning. Now that is much better, barely any people and everything was open. We expected a lot more "old style westernerism", but it seems everyplace is Drinks & Slots. Ever since they passed the law to legalize gambling to support their historical rebuilds they seem to put a slot machine wherever their is room. Even the lobbies of the old hotels are crammed with them and that is toooo bad. After doing Deadwood, we headed a mile north to Tatanka. This was a project many years in the making created/funded by...

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Aug 26, 2009 - Black Hills National Forest

Time to catch up on the last couple of weeks. First, on Monday the 10th, J.C. and Crazy Horse had a parting of the ways. "They" wanted him to clean bathrooms 4 days a week which was not the verbal agreement when he signed his contract. He was supposed to work in the campground two days a week and at the visitor center two days a week. He only worked a couple of times at the visitor center and then his hours at the visitors center was cut down to two afternoons. Well, the powers that be essentially said take it or leave it. J.C. walked away....

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Aug 16, 2009 - Crazy Horse Memorial

As we are driving to Crazy Horse, I can't help but think how fitting it was that we saw so many wild Buffalo after we left Wind Cave. The Buffalo are sacred to the Indians and have much meaning to them in their culture. We arrived about 12:30 and decided to have the lunch that we packed. We have learned to do this because lunch is always at least $20. It would be a fortune for a family. Lakota (Sioux) Chief Henry Standing Bear asked Korczak Ziolkowski to create a monument of Crazy Horse in the sacred Black Hills. Korczak was a scultor...

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Aug 5, 2009 - One of many storms

This evening we had an incredible thunderstorm....thunder, lightening, hail nearly the size of quarters, the whole nine yards. It only lasted about 45 minutes. There is one picture of the clouds coming in and the rest are of after the storm. The rainbow was the deepest, brightest colors of any rainbow I have ever seen.

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Jul 13, 2009 - Our home for the next 3 months

It is fun being excited about something new. We are both almost giddy with our new adventure and we don't want our bubble burst. It will happen soon enough. Who would of thought the prospect of a job after retiring would be something we are both really looking forward to. LOL. Our first day of work will be Tuesday, July 14th. Saturday was moving day to Heritage Village Campground. This is a small, simple campground. It has nice, clean showers and a laundry. There are 35 full hook-up sites, 5 cabins, a couple of Tipis and about 20 tent...

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Mar 6, 2009 - "My lands are where my dead lie buried"

"My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes too," wrote Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear when he invited sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to the Black Hills of South Dakota to carve Crazy Horse. Never photographed, or persuaded to sign a meaningless treaty, Crazy Horse (1842-1877) defended his people and their way of life - and the quote in the title is his. The monumental sculpture was started in 1948 - and who knows when it will be completed (for sense of scale: just the head is 87 foot high!).

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Sep 9, 2008 - Custer, South Dakota, Crazy Horse National Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Monument

Custer was having a ‘Stampede Days' celebration and had several of buffalo sculptures that were painted with different scenes. You could buy one for several thousands of dollars. We visited Crazy Horse National Monument on 8/19/2008. To give you an idea of the size, all the faces on Mount Rushmore could fit on the face of Crazy Horse. While driving the wildlife loop in Custer State Park, the wild burros would block the road and look for handouts. We also found a coyote who was hunting a mouse for dinner and some Big Horn rams.

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Jul 23, 2008 - Crazy Horse

We spent our morning at the Crazy Horse Memorial. It is not nearly finished, but awesome nonetheless. I had been told that we shouldn't even bother to go here. That it was expensive. Come to find out that this is NOT a federally funded place. It depends totally on admission, gift shops, and gifts from outside. We enjoyed the history and the films. Will enjoy going back in the future to see the progress. The entire family of the man who started this carving is involved. What a wonderful way for a family to spend their lives.

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Jul 12, 2008 - Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse – July 12 “My lands are where my dead lie buried.” - Crazy Horse The following was written in May, 1949 by Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski: Crazy Horse was born on Rapid Creek in the Black Hills of South Dakota in about 1842. While at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, under a flag of truce, he was stabbed in the back and died September 6, 1877. Crazy Horse defended his people and their way of life in the only manner he knew. BUT: Only after he saw the Treaty of 1868 broken. This treaty, signed by the President of the United States, said, in...

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Sep 13, 2007 - Mt Rushmore & Custer State Park

First a brief history of Mt Rushmore Doane Robinson, South Dakotas state historian, is credited with having the idea to carve giant statues in the Black Hills. In 1923, Robinson imagined a parade of Indian leaders and American explorers carved into an area of the Black Hills called the needles. The sculptor chosen for this monumental task was Gutzon Borglum. He was born in Idaho in 1867 and studied art in Paris. His previous works included a remodeled torch on the Statue of Liberty, saints and apostles for the Cathedral of St John the...

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