The nation's fifth president, James Monroe, was a tall man measuring 1.83 meters. He was the only president reelected without another candidate. He was known for being a very friendly man; his statue has him holding his hat up and wishing onlookers a happy day. He is believed to have been the first politician to use the custom of kissing children to soften voters. The bronze statue was sculpted by Lee Leuning. It was a family donation by Walt Hall. It's opposite the information centre on the path of the Presidents.
The sixth president of the United States. has a statue in front of James Monroe and opposite the information center on the president's trail in the city. Represented here with a hat and a cane, he was quite a well dressed man, in fact the sculpture is like a painting. The bronze statue was created by sculptor John Lopez and a gift from The First Western Bank.
We arrived at Rapid City Regional Airport from Chicago on a small plane with only three rows of seats. The airport is small too, but has essential services such as rental cars (Avis, Black hills Car Rentals, Budget, Casey's Car Rental Service, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Hertz). This airport is the hub of commercial flights to the Blacks Hills. American Airlines, Delta, Allegiant Air and United all operate flights here. The destinations are pretty limited, though; there are only flights to Chicago (United or AA), Atlanta (Delta), Dallas (AA), Denver (United), Phoenix (Allegiant), Salt Lake City (Delta) and Las Vegas (Allegiant). If you don't want to rent a car, there's also a shuttle bus to and from the downtown area.
The City of Presidents Walking Tour is a route along all the bronze statues of Presidents in Rapid City. In 2002, Mr. Perdue bought a historic building and set about creating an information center. The interior is designed after the Oval Office and has antique curtains and tapestries. It's full of books, seals and models with references to the presidents and miniatures of the statues of presidents found on the streets of Rapid City. And, most importantly, it's where you can find a map of the route.
Located right next to the fire station, the Clower Buidling was built in 1886 by L. Morris Dry goods company, a textile factory, and by Franklin & Baer's, a liquor warehouse. For many years, the Jack Clower Saloon was in the corner of the building, hence the name. In 1950, the first floor was remodeled and a a fresh coat of paint was put on in 1993. It's a great example of historic preservation.
Along the main street of Rapid City and the surrounding area, you'll find the famous sculptures of presidents, but also many historical buildings with plaques explaining the building, its former use and the date of construction. They are all pretty well taken care of despite being more than a hundred years old.
Located at the corner of Main Street and 8th Street, this sculpture by Edward Hlavka and donated by Dr. Edwards and Peg Seljeskog depicts the eighth U.S. president reading the newspaper on a bench in his hometown of Kinderhook. Van Buren had Dutch ancestry and English was his second language. This, however, did not prevent him from reaching the highest office in the country.
Firehouse Brewing Company is in a former fire station was used from 1915-1975, first by the volunteer fire brigade and later by professionals. You can see the antique fire engines and firefighting tools on the first floor behind the big doors. Today, the space is used by a restaurant.
Near Rapid City, Badlands National Park is a great place where you can see many landscapes that have suffered erosion over the years, transforming the rocks into spectacular pinnacles ... It is also an ideal place for fans of paleontology, as many fossils have been found here.