Rapid City Statues - Main Street

Rapid City Statues – Main Street

At first glance downtown Rapid City, South Dakota looks like any other downtown. As we drove through we found some features that make this downtown a bit more interesting.

 

Rapid City Statues - George Washington

Rapid City Statues – George Washington

Rapid City Statues - George Washington Plaque

Rapid City Statues – George Washington Plaque

On nearly every downtown street corner were statues. The majority of them were of United States Presidents.

 

Rapid City Statues - Thomas Jefferson

Rapid City Statues – Thomas Jefferson

Rapid City Statues - Thomas Jefferson Plaque

Rapid City Statues – Thomas Jefferson Plaque

These were not always just a basic pose statue. Many vary quite a bit. Here Thomas Jefferson is signing the Declaration of Independence.

 

Rapid City Statues - Abraham Lincoln 1

Rapid City Statues – Abraham Lincoln 1

Rapid City Statues - Abraham Lincoln Plaque

Rapid City Statues – Abraham Lincoln Plaque

Here Lincoln is posed with one of his sons.

 

Rapid City Statues - Franklin D Roosevelt 1

Rapid City Statues – Franklin D Roosevelt 1

Rapid City Statues - Franklin D Roosevelt Plaque

Rapid City Statues – Franklin D Roosevelt Plaque

One of the more interesting statues is FDR posing standing up. Well known for having polio, he is rarely seen standing.

 

Rapid City Statues - Ulysses S Grant 1

Rapid City Statues – Ulysses S Grant 1

Grant poses with his Civil War battle history listed beside him.

 

Rapid City Statues - Ronald Reagan

Rapid City Statues – Ronald Reagan

Rapid City Statues - Ronald Reagan Plaque

Rapid City Statues – Ronald Reagan Plaque

Reagan poses in his classic cowboy hat.

 

Rapid City Statues - George W Bush

Rapid City Statues – George W Bush

Rapid City Statues - George W Bush Plaque

Rapid City Statues – George W Bush Plaque

Even the most recent presidents are here. George W Bush being the most recent. I’m sure Obama isn’t far behind.

 

Rapid City Statues - Indian Mother and Daughter

Rapid City Statues – Indian Mother and Daughter

Just when you thought that there were only Presidents here you find an unnamed statue of an Indian mother and her daughter. This area has a strong Indian heritage.

 

Rapid City Statues - Mitakuye Oyasin

Rapid City Statues – Mitakuye Oyasin

Rapid City Statues - Mitakuye Oyasin Plaque

Rapid City Statues – Mitakuye Oyasin Plaque

One of the most unique statues is this one. Named Mitakuye Oyasin it is from the Lakota language and translates as “we are all related”. According to Wikipedia it is only meant for the Lakota themselves. This may explain the fact that it is not written in English.

 

 

If you are anywhere near Rapid City and want to stroll through the downtown area, this is a great way to see some wonderful artwork and learn about our history at the same time.

For more information check out:

https://downtownrapidcity.com/

https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-to-do/city-presidents

 

 

 

Downtown Rapid City, South Dakota

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