Bill Groethe

A Living Tribute to an Amazing Photographer

Bill Groethe

Bill Groethe is a WWII veteran and life-long resident of Rapid City.

When he was a teenager, he took an amazing picture of Olympian Jesse Owens in downtown Rapid City (1938).

In 1948, he took a series of individual and group photos of the last survivors of the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn.

Bill is nearly 90 years young and still loves photography.

In 2009, he was recognized by the Mayor and City Council, Governor Rounds and U.S. Senator John Thune for his contributions.  See: Governor honors longtime photographer (8/20/2009).

From L to R: Little Warrior, Pemican, Little Soldier, Dewey Beard, John Sitting Bull, High Eagle, Iron Hawk and Comes Again (picture taken at Custer State Park on Sept 2, 1948)