|Rapid City's Main Street Square|
So, we decided to go and see for ourself.
We started our walking tour of the historic downtown area at the Main Street Square. One of the presidential statues is displayed on nearly every corner of the downtown district, along with benches for resting and viewing. The 43rd statue, President Obama, will be on display when he has completed his term of office.
We picked up a walking tour guide, and from it we learned a few suggestion of what to notice about each of the statues. Here are some of the ones we found most interesting.
|President Gerald Ford|
|President Thomas Jefferson|
If one looks closely, the Declaration is shown in its total composition on this statue.
|President James Monroe|
|President George Washington|
|Bob and George|
President George Washington's (1789-1797) statue portrays him as a general in full military dress attire. Before he was known as a politician and, subsequently, President of the United States, he was a military commander. At 6' 2", Washington was a tall man for this time in history and, like all the other presidential statues, is shown as life size. Depicted in a prideful military stature, he is shown at possibly his finest hour. Bob is tall, too.
|President Ronald Reagan|
|President George Herbert Walker Bush|
|President Calvin Coolidge|
|President Franklin Delano Roosevelt|
|President Martin Van Buren|
|President John F. Kennedy|
Note: Bob is the one who took this picture of President JFK, cutting off part of his head. Bob has obviously inherited the cutting-off-the-heads-of-people-in-photos trait from his mother, who is an expert at it.
Note to self: Take all pictures myself.
Between Main Street and St. Joseph's Streets, and between 5th and 6th Streets, we found an alley that took us by surprise. Much of the town's power structure seems to be hidden in this alley, but that's not what caught our interest. This alley is Art Alley, and we watched as locals were creating artwork that literally covers every inch of the space in this alley. It seemed to be an area of sanctioned graffiti. Interestingly, we were asked later by a guy on his bicycle if we knew where he could find Art Alley.