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Jimmy Carter waves hello. Ronald Reagan smiles in his casual Western attire. And John Quincy Adams tips his top hat in greeting. You never know what familiar presidential face you’ll see on the streets of Rapid City. Known as The City of Presidents, Rapid City plans to eventually erect a statue of every United States president. So far, they are moving right along. Since starting the project in 1999, Rapid City has added actual sized bronze sculptures of more than 30 presidents on its downtown streets. Founded in 1876, two years after gold was discovered in the Black Hills, Rapid City was named after Rapid Creek, a gentle stream that flows ...

Jimmy Carter waves hello. Ronald Reagan smiles in his casual Western attire. And John Quincy Adams tips his top hat in greeting. You never know what familiar presidential face you’ll see on the streets of Rapid City. Known as The City of Presidents, Rapid City plans to eventually erect a statue of every United States president. So far, they are moving right along. Since starting the project in 1999, Rapid City has added actual sized bronze sculptures of more than 30 presidents on its downtown streets. Founded in 1876, two years after gold was discovered in the Black Hills, Rapid City was named after Rapid Creek, a gentle stream that flows through the heart of the city. Nestled on the eastern foothills of the Black Hills, the city serves as gateway to the fabled playground with its spectacular scenic wonders and abundant recreation. The Black Hills' largest community, Rapid City is home to beautiful parks and gardens, with a lovely 13-mile bike path along Rapid Creek. Take a winding and picturesque climb up Skyline Drive to reach an unusual landmark – seven life-sized concrete replicas of prehistoric dinosaurs. Built in the depths of the Great Depression, Dinosaur Park has thrilled youngsters of all ages and offers wonderful views of the city.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer and October for the Black Hills Powwow