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Crazy Horse blast commemorates 65th anniversary

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The mammoth Crazy Horse mountain carving in South Dakota's Black Hills is commemorating the 65th anniversary of the monument's dedication with a morning blast.

Crazy Horse was a famed Oglala Lakota warrior and leader who played a key role in the 1876 defeat of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.

When completed, the carving of his image on a bluff about 10 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore will be 641 feet long and 563 feet high.

Work on the project had been going on since 1948, and Crazy Horse's face was completed 15 years ago. Work now turns to the horse's head, which will be the largest artistic detail at 219 feet high.