A Black Hills photographic historian was honored Monday in Rapid City.
Iconic photographs by Bill Groethe of the carving of Mount Rushmore and the survivors of the Battle of Little Big Horn were rededicated at Rapid City Regional Airport.
The photos had been taken down during the remodeling of the airport terminal but now they are back to greet visitors to the Black Hills.
Mayor Sam Kooiker spoke of the significance of Groethe's work and his sense of historical foresight in visually documenting defining moments in not only the Black Hills, but the nation's history, "Bill Groethe's photography has touched the Black Hills region and our nation for a very long time. It's very exciting to have someone in our midst who's still with us today who is a link all the way back to 1876."
Bill Groethe said that placing his work at the airport had a specific purpose, "they were there for over 22 years. We felt it is a good place to have them together so the public can see the cultures together, that's the whole purpose of it.
Groethe's career has spanned over 70 years with some of his most famous photos being taken in his teenage years.