Crazy Horse Memorial
Lonely Planet review
The world's largest monument is a 563ft-tall work-in-progress, with a lot of work to go. When finished it will depict the Sioux leader astride his horse, pointing to the horizon saying, 'My lands are where my dead lie buried.'
Never photographed or persuaded to sign a meaningless treaty, Crazy Horse was chosen for a monument that Lakota Sioux elders hoped would balance the presidential focus of Mt Rushmore. In 1948 a Boston-born sculptor, the indefatigable Korczak Ziolkowski, started blasting granite. His family have continued the work since his death in 1982. (It should also be noted that many Native Americans oppose the monument as desecration of sacred land.)
No one is predicting when the sculpture will be complete (the face was dedicated in 1998). A rather thrilling laser-light show tells the tales of the monument on summer evenings.
The visitor center complex includes a Native American museum, a cultural center where you can see artisans at work, cafes and Ziolkowski's studio. A bus takes you to the base of the mountain.