South Dakota Statues

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Rapid City, SD
This Prospector statue is located at Stamper Black Hills Gold. For more, see this website. [map]

Ken's Minerals
& Trading Post
Custer, SD
Michaelangelo's David
Sioux Falls, SD
This fiberglass statue at Ken's Minerals & Trading Post is located inside the store. The same statue appears inside Wall Drug (see below).

This full-scale replica of Michaelangelo's David was created by Thomas Fawick and donated to the city in 1971. It was placed in a downtown park despite much controversy over the statue's nudity. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Wall Drug
Wall, SD
These Wall Drug statues are located inside the store. The statues in the top row above appear to be wood carved. Those in the bottom row are fiberglass and were mass-produced.

Presidents Park [gone]
Lead, SD
Presidents Park featured 20-foot-tall busts of all the U.S. presidents. They were created by David Adickes who was inspired by nearby Mt. Rushmore. Presidents Park opened in 2003. The place was closed when I was there in 2006 so I could only get these photos through the fence. The park was officially closed after that. It's been reported that the statues may be moved closer to Mount Rushmore. However, as of 2012, the park is still there and closed. The relief sculpture of Lincoln (first photo above) is/was just north of the park. I don't know if these statues are still there. Adickes opened a second Presidents Park in Williamsburg, VA in 2004. That location closed in 2010. Adickes also created a giant Sam Houston in Huntsville, TX. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Presidents Park Information Center
Rapid City, SD (now Hermosa, SD)


The Presidents Park Information Center was located near Mount Rushmore and promoted the park in Lead, SD (described above). These busts of John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush were also produced by David Adickes. The busts were moved to Hermosa near the Foothills Trading Post. They have been there since at least 2011. [map]

More South Dakota Statues:
Hobo (Brookings)
Abraham Lincoln (Buffalo Ridge)
Happy Chef (Kadoka) [gone]
Happy Chef (Mitchell) [gone]
Jimmy Carter (Rapid City) [map]
Buffalo Bill: 1, 2 (Sioux Falls) [map]

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