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Another Giant Head

October 26, 2011
Crazy Horse Memorial

Begun in 1948 the Crazy Horse Memorial is still far from finished with no completion date scheduled.

The Black Hills region of South Dakota is unofficially the world’s capital of giant heads; four on Mount Rushmore and one memorial to Crazy Horse.

After a long drive to an aborted hike took us within 10 miles of the memorial, we decided to swing by and check it out. At the foot of the mountain we found a small information booth and figured we could get directions to a new hiking trail – the day was not completely lost. Or so we thought. When I approached the booth I must have missed the quote marks surrounding the word “information” because none was to be had there.

Resigned to the fact that hiking was not in our immediate future, I asked about the price of admission to the memorial. “$10 each.”

“But it’s not even close to being finished,” I protested. “Twenty bucks seems kind of steep, don’t you think?” A disinterested shrug answered my question. I persisted by pointing up the mountain. “I can see it from here for free.” Another shrug.

Closing my wallet, I promised to return once the memorial is finished. Expected completion date: undetermined.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2011 9:15 am

    LOL…$10 each??!! That kind of stuff drives me crazy. What a rip off. But the problem is that some people actually pay it. Something like paying $8 or more for a draft beer at a ball game. If people refused to pay that much, they wouldn’t charge that much.

    • October 26, 2011 9:30 am

      Yeah, unfortunately us skinflints are vastly outnumbered. LOL.

  2. October 26, 2011 11:18 am

    10 bucks!! Holy smokes…I agree that is just outrageous but then some folks will just hand it over and say OK. It reminds me of the traveling carnivals that would have the fake “quirks of nature tents” and folks hand over money to see stuff like that.

  3. Atari permalink
    October 26, 2011 5:00 pm

    It’s like the Petrified Forest–it’s nearly $30 to get in and you have to use your own car to tour it! Some places price themselves into oblivion. Crazy Horse is kind of an oddity in and of itself because, ironically, the Lakota consider the mountain sacred and to carve their greatest leader into it is considered to be sacrilege! Ah, the oddities of the road….

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