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Rapid City in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Early Places

— Founders Park Plaza —

 
 
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October 16, 2021
1. Early Places Marker
Inscription.  Rufus "Pap" Madison's Cabin
As seen in George Mansfield's drawing. The original cabin stands at the Journey Museum.

Rapid City High School
Located on school land where Dakota Middle School sits today. The fencing and hay bales in the foreground show that the athletic field was once a pasture.

Felix Poznansky's Montana Store
Poznansky's clothing and dry goods establishment continued to operate while being moved to a different location, making room for the new brick building of J.L. Morris Dry Goods, and Behrens Furniture. The building, beautifully restored, now houses the Prairie Edge store.

Security Savings Bank, Swander Grocery, Sweeney Hardware
Some of the essentials of a city (a bank, a grocery store, and a hardware store) were solidly in place. The bank/grocery building has been preserved and illustrates some of the best of both the 19th and 21st centuries. In 1879 the Sweeney building, scene of his brisk hardware business, was also the site of the first library. The Sweeney building burned to the ground in 1997.

Library Hall
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1881 on land donated by John Brennan. Lida Mitchell, the first librarian, earned $5 a month. The reading room was open 6 hours a week and one book at a time could be checked out. Library Hall also served as the Methodist and Congregational churches, civic center, lecture hall, dance hall, and as a place for funerals.

Harney Hotel
John Brennan built the long-lived Harney Hotel. It was one of the city's four stagecoach stops.

1903 City Hall
Minute but elegant in brick and arches, spangled with roses in summer, today old city hall makes a fine office building. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
 
Location. 44° 5.083′ N, 103° 14.548′ 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 (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
Early Places Marker and other Founders Park Plaza Markers image. Click for full size.
October 16, 2021
2. Early Places Marker and other Founders Park Plaza Markers
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.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2021. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on December 6, 2021. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2021. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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