Souvenir Sunday at the Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse face

The Crazy Horse Memorial, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is a giant mountain carving begun in 1948 by Korczak Ziolkowski as a tribute to the Lakota leader.

Here’s what Ziolkowski had in mind:

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Ziolkowski’s plan was to create a carving 641 feet long and 563 feet high, but that’s a really big project and there’s no telling when – or if – his family or the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation will ever get the project done.

So far, only Crazy Horse’s head has been completed, but at 87 feet, 6 inches, that in it itself is pretty darn impressive and more than one million visitors stop by each year to take a look at that and to visit the impressive on-site museums dedicated to Native American art and culture.

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Work on the mountain sculpture is moving forward and among the souvenirs visitors can take home are rocks:

Crazy Horse rocks

To make sure those souvenir rocks make it onto the airplane and back to your home, though, the memorial has a helpful sign to remind you to put the rocks in your checked luggage. And then, presumably, on a scale…

Crazy Horse rocks in luggage

(Photos by Harriet Baskas)