Because of its close proximity to Mt. Rushmore, Rapid City, S.D., bills itself as the “City of Presidents“.
To emphasize this title, the downtown historic district has erected lifesize statues of the Presidents.
I found Harry Truman’s to be the most interesting. Statue is copy of one of the 20th Century’s most iconic photographs. Because rain had fallen off and on all day, Truman seems to be crying tears of joy in this photograph.
Here’s the real picture for comparison purposes.
The bronze Truman needs to have his teeth cleaned.
Statue seemed a bit short until I looked up his actual height. He was only 5-foot-9, an inch and a half shorter than I am. That surprised me. He may have been of modest height, but Truman was a giant of integrity.
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