We popped over to view this as we were in the area. The evening was to have a fireworks display, to draw in more people, and the place was heaving. There is a charge to enter at $10 per person or $27 a carload. This is overpriced for what you get and is essentially a car parking fee, cause if you want to get closer to the monument you have to pay a further fee to get on the bus to take you up there. We did not stay for the 'show' and left to return to Mount Rushmore for their lighting of the sculpture ceremony, which was far more interesting and far less commercial.
Then of cause there is the gift shop. Overpriced and quite frankly just a trap for tourists who think they are getting the 'real McCoy' in a quilt or native Indian jewelry. Put your money away.
The carving of crazy horse is big and after some 65 years in the making, is nowhere near completion. This is the first alarm bell that should be sounding in your head - why is it nowhere near finished? Oh do the math, of the number of cars that come in, the number of the dead sculptor's children involved in the project, only taking donations...... I think this is a money spinner, easy money, selling a story, keeping daddy's dream alive, while actually not doing anything, or very little to complete the project.
Mount Rushmore did not take this long to complete.
Granted I would say he was a talented sculptor, but the world is full of talented people. He had worked on Mt Rushmore as well, so this undertaking was not something he had no experience of.
However the crazy horse memorial is extremely commercial - too commercial for my taste.
If you want to learn about Crazy Horse - get a book and read about him, you will not learn much about this Native American and how he took on the US Government if you go to the memorial.
However, you will find out a lot about the sculptor and his family, but honestly, I think it is time to get this project completed and move on.
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