RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Former President H.W. Bush was no stranger to the Black Hills, visiting in 1991 during the Golden Anniversary of Mount Rushmore. The 41st president delivered the dedication at the base of the memorial.
Now, Bush has a permanent home in Rapid City, on the corner of 6th and Main Street, downtown in the City of Presidents.
His statue like the others represents the city's patriotism and community, reflecting the ideals of the four granite statues in our Southern Hills and the city's iconic nickname itself.
"Well I think the name the City of Presidents just really pays homage to the dreamers of the past as the creators of Mount Rushmore, um came together and had the perseverance to create this iconic sculpture um I think it just resonates with the rest of the community and the Black Hills," said Diana Saathoff, CEO of Mount Rushmore Society.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says with neighboring great military organizations such as Ellsworth Air Force Base and the South Dakota National Guard, the City of Presidents reflects respect and paying tribute to the country and those who have led it.
"There's a good amount of Patriotism and loyalty to the United States here in Rapid City. We're a well-known secret. People who come here realize we get millions of visitors every year. People see a little piece of what we have and I think it puts ideas in peoples heads, they wish they could live here," Allender said.
Allender says the many people who have served in the military in Rapid City and return for retirement are a testament to what the Black Hills and Rapid City have to offer.