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Follow the Horseshoes through Founders Park Plaza

— Founders Park Plaza —

 
 
Follow the Horseshoes through Founders Park Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
October 16, 2021
1. Follow the Horseshoes through Founders Park Plaza Marker
Inscription.  In Founders Park Plaza the history of the first developed part of Rapid City is literally written in concrete. The Plaza shows the town (in colored concrete) skewed on its foundation (in uncolored concrete), orienting the town toward magnetic north as the founders laid in out. The Plaza is bordered by West and East Boulevards, South Street and Omaha Street. The streets are named and numbered. The blocks show many of their buildings and other landmarks. You will recognize the street names and perhaps business or building names, some of which still stand today.

Starting at the entry on South Street, turn left (westward). Follow the horseshoes to West Blvd., turn right (northward) and follow the horseshoes northward. When you reach Omaha Street, turn right (eastward) and to follow the horseshoes and other transportation icons along the dust-colored streets.

You will begin to sense the vitality of this budding community. Here the names of some of the banks, the newspaper office, the hotels, hardware store, livery stable, the schools and churches, city hall, library hall, utilities, the firehouse, and other important businesses
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and landmarks are inscribed into the colorful concrete.

Near the entrance, you will find the "bricks" (engraved) donated by supporters who helped make Founders Park Plaza happen.

Photo captions:
Family traveling by covered wagon.

Ladies enjoying a fresh air in a horse-drawn buggy along Rapid City's still unpaved streets.

International Hotel on Main Street was a stagecoach stop. Note the horse-drawn trolley.

Elks Building on 6th Street with automobile in front.

Locomotive of the Crouch Line (Rapid City Black Hills Railway) excursion train.

Freighting in the Black Hills with bullwhackeress Mrs. Knutson.

Thank you for visiting Founders Park Plaza. We hope this is an enriching experience. Visit the Journey Museum to learn more about Rapid City's history. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 44° 5.082′ N, 103° 14.547′ W. Marker is in Rapid City, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Located at Founders Park Plaza in Rapid City. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1510 W Omaha St, Rapid City SD 57701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Follow the Horseshoes through Founders Park Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
October 16, 2021
2. Follow the Horseshoes through Founders Park Plaza Marker
. Early Places (here, next to this marker); Pioneers and Native Americans (here, next to this marker); Landscapes (here, next to this marker); Rapid City's Founders (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Founders Park Plaza (here, next to this marker); Rapid Trout (a few steps from this marker); Rapid Creek Flood Mark (a few steps from this marker); The Eagles (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rapid City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Founders Park Plaza Concrete Town and Foundation Map image. Click for full size.
October 16, 2021
3. Founders Park Plaza Concrete Town and Foundation Map
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2021. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on December 6, 2021. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2021. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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