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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rapid City, South Dakota

 
Clickable Map of Pennington County, South Dakota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Pennington County, SD (73) Custer County, SD (32) Haakon County, SD (7) Jackson County, SD (20) Lawrence County, SD (125) Meade County, SD (29) Oglala Lakota County, SD (3) Weston County, WY (17)  PenningtonCounty(73) Pennington County (73)  CusterCounty(32) Custer County (32)  HaakonCounty(7) Haakon County (7)  JacksonCounty(20) Jackson County (20)  LawrenceCounty(125) Lawrence County (125)  MeadeCounty(29) Meade County (29)  OglalaLakotaCounty(3) Oglala Lakota County (3)  WestonCountyWyoming(17) Weston County (17)
Rapid City is the county seat for Pennington County
Rapid City is in Pennington County
      Pennington County (73)  
ADJACENT TO PENNINGTON COUNTY
      Custer County (32)  
      Haakon County (7)  
      Jackson County (20)  
      Lawrence County (125)  
      Meade County (29)  
      Oglala Lakota County (3)  
      Weston County, Wyoming (17)  
 
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1South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — A City Divided — The Berlin Wall Memorial
For 49 years, Berlin, former capital of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany, was occupied by the victorious allies of World War II--the United States, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union. For much of that time an ugly wall divided the city . . . Map (db m136630) WM
2South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Berlin Wall Segments — The Berlin Wall Memorial
Berlin Wall Segment A. This Berlin Wall Segment, located between the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie from 1961 - 1989, is donated in gratitude to all Military Chaplains, who in time of war and peace, faithfully served God and . . . Map (db m136418) WM
3South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Black Hills Veterans Memorial
World War I 1914 - 1918 Our object now is to vindicate the principles of peace and justice in the life of the world as against selfish and autocratic power and to set up amongst the free and seit-governed peoples of the world such concert of . . . Map (db m190720) HM
4South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Celebrating Victory — The Berlin Wall Memorial
Panel A. On November 9, 1989, to stem the flow of refugees, desperate Communist leaders announced amid chaos that they would issue passports to all East Germans, allowing them to come and go as they pleased. That evening hundreds of . . . Map (db m136631) HM
5South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Confrontation — The Berlin Wall Memorial
Because of the Four-Power Agreements, the Allies had insisted upon free access to Berlin at any time. In 1958, Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev of the Soviet Union demanded that the Allies leave West Berlin and Berlin be made a "demilitarized free . . . Map (db m136629) HM
6South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Construction of the Wall — The Berlin Wall Memorial
Early on August 13, 1961, the East German Army, with Soviet support, began constructing a barrier of barbed wire, cinder blocks and mortar between East and West Berlin. The barrier was intended to stop the exodus of citizens fleeing from . . . Map (db m136408) WM
7South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — 5 — Early Places — Founders Park Plaza —
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 . . . Map (db m187542) HM
8South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — 6 — Follow the Horseshoes through Founders Park Plaza — Founders Park Plaza —
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 . . . Map (db m187541) HM
9South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Historic Madison Ranch — Home of "Mr. Rodeo" James "Russ" Madison
A one time member of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, Madison came to Dakota Territory in 1886 and the history of South Dakota Rodeo began. Russ won the Champion Relay Race in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1907 and then began building his bucking horse . . . Map (db m113149) HM
10South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — 3 — Landscapes — Founders Park Plaza —
George B. Mansfield's drawing of Rapid City, Dakota Territory, 1876. Mansfield went on to become an executive with Dakota Power Co., organized 1883. 1. John W. Allen and Jake Claussen 2. John R. Brennan and Oscar Nicholson 3. Reddy Johnson . . . Map (db m187539) HM
11South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Measuring Gage Shut Down — Remembrance and Renewal — Rapid City Flood of 1972 —
The adjacent graph reflects the water levels in height of feet of Rapid Creek under certain events — average winter stage flows, average summertime stage flows during the irrigation season, and the stage flow of June 9, 1972. It must be noted that . . . Map (db m184416) HM
12South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — 4 — Pioneers and Native Americans — [Founders Park Plaza] —
Dr. Valentine McGillycuddy with his wife Fannie, at home at 727 South St. McGillycuddy was Mayor, Indian Agent, Dean of the School of Mines and South Dakota's first State Surgeon. Joseph and Alice Gossage Publishers of the city's most . . . Map (db m187540) HM
13South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — 118 — Rapid City Founders Camp Site
Near a perpendicular sandstone cliff a short distance North of here and across Rapid Creek (a marker denotes the site) was the first camp of those hardy pioneers who founded Rapid City. Here John R. Brennan, Martin Persinger, Thomas Ferguson, W. P. . . . Map (db m184409) HM
14South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — 2 — Rapid City's Founders — Founders Park Plaza —
John Richard Brennan From John Brennan's Journal February 23, 1876 A party consisting of W.P. Martin, J.W. Allen, Mart Persinger, William Marston, John R. Brennan, Tom Ferguson, and Dick King left Palmer Gulch with a view . . . Map (db m187538) HM
15South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Rapid Creek Flood Mark
Heavy thunderstorms on the afternoon and evening of June 9th, 1972, caused Rapid Creek to flood this area. The water reached the elevation of this flood benchmark.Map (db m184418) HM
16South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Rapid Trout
a relief sculpture in concrete Martin Wanserski, creator and designer Fiorenzo Berardozzi and Nancy Losacker, artist assistants Lost Cabin Constructors, Inc., fabricators and installers Trout are not native to the Black Hills. They were . . . Map (db m184831) HM
17South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — Tank Traps — The Berlin Wall Memorial
Tank Trap A. This tank trap, located between the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie from 1961 - 1989, is donated in honor of the citizens of Potsdam, Germany (the sister city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota), where religious freedom was . . . Map (db m136417) WM
18South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — The American Commitment — The Berlin Wall Memorial
The United States never wavered in its commitment to freedom and democracy in Berlin, a city isolated 100 miles inside Easts Germany. In 1948, to assert its influence over Germany, the Soviet Union blockaded land access to Berlin. The Western . . . Map (db m136414) WM
19South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — The Berlin Wall Memorial
Given to Rapid City by Generous Citizens Mindful of the Price of Freedom COMMITTEE Gale Holbrook Ra Vae Luckhart Jim Kuehn Phil Nichols Carolyn Mollers Paul Reinke, DDS Col. Josiah Wallace Dale Clement, PhD . . . Map (db m136399) WM
20South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — The Berlin Wall Memorial — To Our Visitors
Here, in America's Heartland between Mount Rushmore national Memorial and Ellsworth Air Force Base, remnants of the Berlin Wall are a vivid remainder that vigilance must never give way to complacency where freedom is concerned. The . . . Map (db m136400) HM
21South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — The Cruel Border — The Berlin Wall Memorial
Sometimes East German border guards themselves took advantage of lapses of attention to escape the watch of their colleagues, as Conrad Schumann did by leaping over the barbed wire and fleeing to the West. Most often, however, people attempting . . . Map (db m136412) WM
22South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — The Eagles — Ryan McCandless / Nick Armstrong
The Eagles "On eagles wings they soar, forever free, forever in our hearts." On August 2, 2011, three Rapid City Police Officers were shot while on a routine public nuisance call. Officer Ryan McCandless died at the scene, Officer Nick . . . Map (db m184743) HM
23South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — The Historic Pap Madison Cabin
Original Construction The Madison cabin was built in 1876 with logs from the abundant groves of cottonwoods along Rapid Creek. After the trees were felled and trimmed, the logs were squared on the ground (typically with a broadaxe) . . . Map (db m154847) HM
24South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — The Journey of The Pap Madison Cabin
This cabin, dating to Rapid City's is founding in early 1876, is the oldest known structure in the city and one of the oldest standing structures in the Black Hills. Rufus "Pap" Madison built it at the corner of Fifth and Rapid Street, the center of . . . Map (db m154909) HM
25South Dakota (Pennington County), Rapid City — 1 — Welcome to Founders Park Plaza — Founders Park Plaza —
What is Founders Park Plaza's mission? 1. To mark the location where the founding party camped in 1876 while they laid out Rapid City. 2. To honor Rapid City's founders and pioneers. 3. To educate visitors about the 50 years of Rapid . . . Map (db m187537) HM
 
 
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Jun. 29, 2022