Crazy Horse Memorial  LbNA # 33197

Placed DateJul 16 2007
LocationCuster, SD
Found By enjoinder
Last Found Jul 21 2016
Hike Distance?

Crazy Horse Memorial

In 1939, Sioux Chief Henry Standing Bear wrote to Sculpter Korczak Ziolkowski these memorial words "My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too". They asked him to carve a monument of Crazy Horse.

After thinking about it for seven years, Korczak Ziolkowski became convinced the story of the Native American should be memorialized in stone by carving Crazy Horse on a mountain. Mr. Ziolkowski considered carving the Memorial in the Wyoming Tetons where good rock existed but the Indians insisted the Memorial be in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which are sacred to them. A mountain was selected and the sculpture was to be the largest carving ever attempted at 563 feet high and 641 feet long.

The first blast on the mountain was on June 3, 1948. Mr. Ziolkowski was 40 years old when the first official work began in 1949. It has continued since then with the funding for the project coming from the interested public. Mr. Ziolkowski turned down millions of dollars in federal funding as he felt it to be a humanitarian project to carve Crazy Horse.

Mr Ziolkowski died in 1982 at the age of 74. Work on the mountain has continued, led by Ruth Ziolkowski, wife of Mr. Ziolkowski and assisted by their 10 children. Ruth Ziolkowski passed away in May, 2014 at the age of 87.

This is a very interesting site to visit and you are encouraged to do so. For information, their Website is


The letterbox you seek is near the entry into the Crazy Horse Memorial. Crazy Horse appears to be pointing toward your goal when you are driving on Hwy 16/385.
1. Find the Vally Rd where your voice will return back to you and drive East.
2. Look for the rugged railroad tie fence.
3. Park in the first driveway on your right.
4. Walk 75 steps East along the side of the road from the middle of the driveway.
5. Look both left and right and watch for moving two wheelers. If you are lucky, you will see a beautiful bluebird like I did on this day.
6. To the North, you will see the Crazy Horse Memorial in the distance. Face South and walk 8 steps, starting from the left gate post.
7. A lone pine tree will be on your left. Look under the rocks near this pine tree for the prize you seek. Please rehide it carefully so it doesn't slide from sight under the rocks.

This is an orphan letterbox as I am not in the area most of the year. If it needs to be maintained, please assist in that to insure it remains for others to find. Your help is appreciated.

Please log your find on LBNA and tell me about your find. The great stamp in this letterbox was carved by my daughter-in-law.

Have fun