Monday, March 9, 2009
Crazy Horse, South Dakota: Crazy Horse Memorial
This is a different sort of tourist attraction -- an unfinished one.
The Crazy Horse Memorial has been under construction for 60 years, at least as of 2008. It's fair to say I'll never see it finished. At least the face is now done.
It's a nice idea to make a tribute to a legendary Native American. A large educational and cultural complex is planned for the area as well. But there are oddities associated with it, not the least of which is the fact that no one has any idea what Crazy Horse actually looked like.
Admission is $10 each, $27 for a carload at of 2008. But, and it's a big but, if you want to down and see the mountain (which admittedly is a construction site) up close, it's another $4 per person. Hmmm.
The rest of the complex has a film on the project's history, some museum exhibit, and plenty of items for sale.
It's a good enough cause, so it's easy to justify an admission ticket as a donation. But it may not be what you were expecting.