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Crazy Horse

"My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too."

These are the words Chief Henry Standing Bear wrote to sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in 1939 urging him to come back to the Black Hills and carve a mountain sculpture honoring American Indians.

Ziolkowski arrived in the Black Hills in May of 1947. He worked on the mountain until his death on October 20, 1982. His family continues the dream and work progresses on the world's largest mountain sculpture. When finished, Crazy Horse will stand 641 feet long and 563 feet high.


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