Headed West – Again – Day 13

16 Sep

In its downtown area, Rapid City, South Dakota, has a statue of every American President. President Obama’s statue will be added after he leaves office. I tried to decide which President’s statue to post so that no one could complain about politics. I’ve always had a soft spot for Taft because of his heftiness and because he was a baseball player and fan. He was the first President to throw out the Opening Day pitch.IMG_1530 But do I need to balance Republican Taft with a Democrat? Gotta go with Jimmy Carter who has been to Calhoun.IMG_1489
Rapid City has also preserved two old parks that probably hold memories for many South Dakota locals. Storybook Village was originally an amusement park. The City and the Rotary Club have preserved it. Unfortunately, it has closed for the season, and we could only look through the fence.IMG_1415IMG_1424IMG_1422
Dinosaur Park was built by the WPA in the 1930’s. The dinosaurs are at the top of a hill overlooking Rapid City. They are painted with a cartoonish look but worth the climb.IMG_1493IMG_1499IMG_1502
Just for Nick, we walked down Artist’s Alley in downtown Rapid City, where all the walls and even the dumpsters are covered with a variety of art, everything from spray painted graffiti to more sophisticated murals.IMG_1485IMG_1480IMG_1471
Finally, there’s a replica of a 12th century Norwegian church. I asked the volunteer about the original denomination. He said it was Lutheran. I guess that Lutherans used this particular building, but the original church, in Norway, was built several centuries before Luther’s birth. The volunteer and I both wondered if it was Catholic or is there something we don’t know.IMG_1429IMG_1434
No animals today. So identify this President. IMG_1535
Headed for Cheyenne tomorrow. I’m signed up for bull-riding in the rodeo.

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4 Responses to “Headed West – Again – Day 13”

  1. Craig September 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Millard Fillmore

    • boblinn September 18, 2013 at 3:18 am #

      First and on;y correct reply.

  2. Laurie September 18, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    Yesterday’s critter — western chipmunk — Tamias umbrinus

    And the president — the clothing looks like mid-19th century, but the face looks more like a young Franklin Roosevelt — ??? (Mark’s best guess)

    • boblinn September 18, 2013 at 3:17 am #

      Still100% on critters – not so good on Presidents – it’s Millard Fillmore

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