I spent much more time here than I did Mount Rushmore. I was very interested in the process of how the monument was being built}. I first came here as a child, and then could not see what the monument would become. Now, half a century later, the vision is clear.
The sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski is quite the character. Without him there would be no Crazy Horse Memorial. Korczak arrived in the Black Hills on May 3, 1947. He worked on the project until his death on October 20, 1982, at age 74. During his nearly 36 years of working on the Mountain, he refused to take any salary at Crazy Horse Memorial. His wife Ruth, and then their descendants carried on the work.