"Crazy Horse - take the bus for a closer view" Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Rushmore National Memorial Off The Beaten Path Tip by toonsarah

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If you want a closer look at the Crazy Horse monument you can take a bus ride to the foot of the mountain. It costs an extra $4 but I thought it was worth it. You do get much closer, and in addition the guide gives you lots of extra facts about the work currently in progress and the devotion of the Ziolkowski family to continuing what their father began. You also get to see some of the machinery that’s been used over the years and to hear a great tale about the beaver pond at its foot:

Apparently the beavers’ dam and pond was a bit of an obstacle to the early workers on the monument, so it was decided that they should be persuaded to move on. The workers began the task of dismantling the dam, leaving their tools nearby overnight. When they returned the next morning the beavers had chewed through the wooden handles of the tools and used them to re-build the dam. Hearing this Korczak Ziolkowski announced that if they were that determined to stay they should be allowed to – and they are still there to this day!

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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