Presidents, Art, German History & Dinosaurs

Posted by on May 30, 2013

It rained until close to 1:00 am and I was kinda wishing we’d bought an Ark instead of a Heartland!  At 7:30 am I was awoken by the sound of reveille.  I think that this is the only place that we’ve been able to hear it ‘loud & clear’.  Usually it’s off in the distance but we must have a loudspeaker very nearby.

The original plan was to do all of the site-seeing we planned to do in the area in one day but because we’re expecting rain we decided to split it up and hit up Rapid City today before it started raining this afternoon and hopefully we’ll be able to hit Mt. Rushmore & Custer State Park tomorrow in between raindrops.

We started out in downtown Rapid City and walked the City of Presidents.  The City of Presidents is a series of bronze sculptures of the presidents of the United States.  The presidents are displayed on the street corners and occupy about 8 blocks on two different streets.  It was pretty cool and a really nice way to start off our day.  Some of the sculptures were very detailed, while others were more on the simple side.  There were a couple that were missing, not sure why, but Michael filled in.  Some of my favorites are below.

Lyndon B Johnson - 36th President - 1963 - 1969

Lyndon B Johnson – 36th President – 1963 – 1969

George H.W. Bush - 41st president - 1989 - 1993

George H.W. Bush – 41st president – 1989 – 1993

Calvin Coolidge - 30th President - 1923- 1929

Calvin Coolidge – 30th President – 1923- 1929

Benjamin Harrison - 23rd President - 1889-1893

Benjamin Harrison – 23rd President – 1889-1893

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 32 President - 1933 - 1945

Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 32 President – 1933 – 1945

Martin Van Buren - 8th President - 1837 - 1841

Martin Van Buren – 8th President – 1837 – 1841

Abraham Lincoln - 16th President - 1861 - 1865

Abraham Lincoln – 16th President – 1861 – 1865

Richard Nixon - 37th President - 1969 - 1974

Richard Nixon – 37th President – 1969 – 1974

George W. Bush - 43rd President - 2001 - 2009

George W. Bush – 43rd President – 2001 – 2009

Thomas Jefferson - 3rd President - 1801 - 1809

Thomas Jefferson – 3rd President – 1801 – 1809

Michael standing in for Rutherford B. Hayes - 19th President - 1877 - 1881

Michael standing in for Rutherford B. Hayes – 19th President –       1877 – 1881

As we were nearing the end of our walking tour we saw a restaurant we decided we’d have lunch at when we finished visiting the presidents.  We chose to sit outside on the patio at Tally’s Silver Spoon.  It was a bit chilly but we were treated to the harmonic playing and singing of an older gentleman who’d taken up residence on the street corner.  Michael ordered the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and I went with Eggs Benedict.  We each ordered a bowl of soup, as well, and everything was very good!

Tally's Silver Spoon

Tally’s Silver Spoon

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2psnapod

Our lunch entertainment, Memphis Bob

Our lunch entertainment, Memphis Bob

After lunch we took a short walk to Art Alley.  What a cool place!  An alley dedicated to graffiti…although you’ll find a few other kinds of art displayed…some on canvas’, some framed.  This happened to be another of my Roadside America finds…and another that we really enjoyed!  Michael termed this a ‘must see’!

Art Alley

Art Alley

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Next stop…Memorial Park and the Berlin Wall.  Rapid City was the recipient of 2 sections of the Berlin Wall in 1996 when an area resident purchased them and then donated them to the city.  The two sections of wall are flanked by 2 ‘tank traps’ and there are several informational plaques at the exhibit that help give more information about the time when the wall separated the German capitol city.  It was a very sobering exhibit but once again, something we really enjoyed viewing.

The entire Berlin Wall exhibit

The entire Berlin Wall exhibit

The wall was 12 foot tall and was in place from 1961 - 1989

The wall was 12 foot tall and was in place from 1961 – 1989

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Our next stop was to find a couple of Munzees…however, it took us to Dinosaur Park.  A park that was established in 1936 and is home to historic life-size concrete dinosaurs!  A great place to take the kids…or adults who act like kids!  The park sits atop a hill and provides some great views of Rapid City.

Brontosaurus & me

Brontosaurus & me

Michael riding the Triceratops

Michael riding the Triceratops

Great place!  Thank you, Munzee!

Great place! Thank you, Munzee!

Rapid City

Rapid City

Capturing the elusive Munzeesaurus!

Capturing the elusive Munzeesaurus!

Not far from the park we found Hangman’s Hill.  Back in 1877, two known criminals were hung here when they were caught with a herd of stolen horses.  An unfortunate young man who just happened to meet up with the pair ended up being hanged too even though both of the horse thieves exonerated him.

Site of the hanging

Site of the hanging

Before going home we made several more Munzee stops, stopped at Walmart for a couple of items and then did some grocery shopping at the commissary on base.

Thankfully the only rain we rain into was when we were walking through Walmart & Commissary parking lots.  The wind picked up considerably when we got home so we brought the off door side slide in to protect the slide awning.

I made a cornish hen (we split one), augraten potatoes & green beans for dinner.  It’s a meal that my aunt used to serve my dad & I when I was little and it’s one of those comfort meals that always makes me feel good.

Comfort food at it's yummiest!

Comfort food at it’s yummiest!

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