Today we went to the most famous sites that are near Custer SD Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Mountain memorial
Notice President Roosevelt's glasses? I never knew they were there either until I heard the Park Ranger's talk about the Presidents, the memorial and the area. If or when you go to the memorial, try to go on one of the escorted walks through the site. We were escorted by Ranger McMahon, who was very knowledgeable.
HERE is some more reading about the memorial, the sculptor and his family and the Presidents. It is very interesting reading.
Here is a scale model of what the original sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, imagined the end result would look upon completion. The mountain and the work-in-progress can be seen behind the model.
Here is the plan, super imposed on the mountain. It has a long way to go before completion. It will not be completed in my lifetime but I hope to come back some day before I am gone to see the progress that has been made.
Here is a better shot of the mountain. I'm not certain how far away we are from the mountain, but Ziolkowski's home and studio was located where the main building is now. HERE is more reading about the Ogala Lakota Chief Crazy Horse and HERE is more reading about the memorial.
This area is well worth the trip and I recommend it. I'll probably return to check on the progress on Crazy Horse Mountain but it will be in 20-30 years.