A well-known show highlighting some of the toughest jobs in America made a stop in South Dakota to tell the story of the folks who do a very tough job.

Dirty Jobs and host Mike Rowe featured the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills on the January 23, 2022, episode. It's available on Discovery Plus.    

The premise of Dirty Jobs is that Rowe works alongside people performing difficult, strange, disgusting, or messy occupational duties.

KIKN-FM / Kickin' Country 99.1/100.5 logo
Get our free mobile app

In the episode, which was shot back in May of 2021, Rowe joins the mountain carvers at the memorial, which has been a work in progress since 1948.

When completed the huge carving will measure 641 feet long and 563 feet high, making it the world's second tallest statue, after the Statue of Unity in India.

Mountain Man
Polish-American sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908 - 1982) smokes a cigarette near a crate of dynamite, high up on a bluff of the Black Hills, on the South Dakota-Wyoming border, 1950. Having assisted in the carving of the Mount Rushmore Memorial, he began the Crazy Horse Memorial at the request of the Lakota people. (Photo by Doreen Spooner/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

In an online interview, Rowe talked about his experiences at Crazy Horse:

Dirty Jobs first premiered with three episodes in November of 2003 and returned as a series in 2005, running for eight seasons, until 2012.

After hosting a number of spinoff shows over the past several years, Rowe and Dirty Jobs returned to Discovery Channel for the ninth season of episodes.

"The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota, United States. It will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing to his tribal land. The memorial was commissioned by Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski. It is operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization." - Wikipedia


See South Dakota's 'Dignity of Earth and Sky' Sculpture Up Close

See South Dakota's 'Dignity of Earth and Sky' Sculpture Up Close

Have You Ever Explored the 'War Eagle Monument' on the South Dakota/Iowa Border?

Originally being from the Sioux City area, I grew up knowing about the War Eagle Monument perched on a bluff along I-29. There was at least one field trip for every kid in the area to the monument.

However, speaking with folks from Sioux Falls, they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. All they know about I-29 in Sioux City was that it was usually under construction.

When crossing into Iowa from South Dakota on I-29, look up!

More From KIKN-FM / Kickin' Country 99.1/100.5