Preserving our History & our Scenic Open Spaces

There have been many events in Rapid City’s history that show our strength and resilience as a community — from our early days to the construction of the Alex Johnson in roaring 20’s to the 1972 Flood, there have been many events which have helped shape us into the community we are today.

I strongly support growth and economic development. Part of my vision is to slash the red tape at City Hall which inhibits bringing in more and better jobs to Rapid City. I also love Rapid City’s history and our scenic open spaces and am committed to preserving it. It is so important for Rapid City to preserve our history and our natural areas (IE: Skyline Drive, Hanson-Larson Memorial Park and the 1972 Floodway) while we grow as a community. It is possible to do both.

I am committed to outdoor recreation. I have consistently supported the requirement of sidewalks when feasible, and I am excited about the Spring 2011 Bicycling and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Bicyclists encourage city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (4/13/2011)

Learn more about three important Rapid City landmarks.

Hangman’s Hill (Skyline Drive)

President Calvin Coolidge’s 1927 Summer White House office

Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park (formerly known as “M” Hill)

In addition to our landmarks, Rapid City is privileged to have had many citizens who have contributed to the history of the world and to the history of Rapid City. Here are tributes to three amazing people who have had an impact on our community.

Jack and Ann van der Geest – Holocaust survivors Jack and Ann van der Geest were great friends of mine. I led the effort to organize a recognition by the city and state honoring Jack on the 66th anniversary of Jack’s amazing escape from Buchenwald Death Camp. He “died” at Buchenwald on 3/3/1943, and he died again on 3/3/2009 — just two days after being recognized for his commitment to the defeat of totalitarianism. Organizing the tribute to Jack is one of the highlights of my life.

Bill Groethe – I love photography. I wish I had more time to be involved in it. Bill’s photography is in the Smithsonian and in museums all over the country. He is a very talented photographer, and his 9/2/1948 picture of the last survivors of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn is on of my favorite pictures. In 2009 I led the effort to have Bill recognized by the city and state for his contributions to preserving our history. If you haven’t met Bill, make sure you do. His knowledge of Rapid City and Black Hills history is amazing.