You might catch yourself humming "Hail to the Chief" as you explore The City of Presidents in downtown Rapid City. This series of life-sized bronze statues of American Presidents line the area's streets and sidewalks. Engage with history and take some commanding photos with your favorite! For a detailed walking guide, click here.
WE MADE COOLIDGE A COWBOY
To appease farmers & ranchers while also escaping the oppressive DC heat, President Calvin Coolidge set up a summer White House in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1927. "His secret service agent called it sort of a second childhood that he experienced here, like he had woken up in a dimestore cowboy novel," said Seth Tupper, author of Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills. "He really seemed to have a lot of fun."
THE FILLMORE THREAT
Six different artists sculpted the 40+ bronze President statues on the street corners of Rapid City. According to Dallerie Davis, co-founder of the City of Presidents project, "If one of them wasn't cooperating, I threatened them with having to do Millard Fillmore."
Some say that the Richard Nixon statue is reminiscent of The Simpsons villain Montgomery Burns. The body language makes it hard to argue the point.