Rapid City adds a historic marker - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City adds a historic marker

Rapid City is now celebrating the president who helped put Mount Rushmore on the map.

A historic marker was placed today in front of Rapid City High School in honor of President Calvin Coolidge and the summer he spent here in 1927. The building that is now a high school was once his executive office, the "summer White House."

It was here where he shocked the world with his announcement, “I do not choose to run for president in 1928.” Coolidge had a love for the Black Hills and he helped make it more well-known.  “He had a special relationship with Gutzon Borglum, they were friends and he wanted to help put western South Dakota on the map,” said Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker.

Along with the marker, the Journey Museum will also have a free exhibit on Calvin Coolidge starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday.

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