There is more than gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Rapid City will be my home for the next three months, and above dense forests and pristine streams, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial represents a national treasure. Come with me while I explore the scenic Black Hills.
Symbolizing the ideals of US freedom and democracy, it is a tribute to four presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and their invaluable contributions to the United States. Mount Rushmore National Memorial stands as a solid reminder of our national pride. It is surrounded by American history with Crazy Horse and Custer State Park where the buffalo once again run free.
Located five miles north of Custer State Park is the Crazy Horse Memorial, located in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills. The Mountain is 6,532 ft. and ranks 27th highest mountain in South Dakota. This mountain was hand picked by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear for the Crazy Horse Memorial. Work began on this magnificent sculpture in 1948 and continues today. Inspired by Mount Rushmore, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski dedicated his life to the largest sculptural undertaking in the world that his family continues today.
Unlike Mount Rushmore, The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation has a mission to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians with a museum repository and establishing the Native American Indian Educational and Cultural Center, a medical training center for American Indians. https://crazyhorsememorial.org/
Whether a lifelong vacation destination of families like mine, or a longer stop in your travels, the visit to honor heros at Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse will be engraved in your memory forever.