Rapid City, the second-largest city in the state of South Dakota, was named after Rapid Creek on which the city is established, it is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills. Rapid City is known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" and the "Star of the West". The city is divided by a mountain range that splits the western and eastern parts of the city into two.
The discovery of gold in 1874 by the Custer Expedition brought a mass influx of settlers into the Black Hills. Rapid City was founded (and originally known as "Hay Camp") in 1876 by a group of disappointed miners, who promoted their new city as the "Gateway to the Black Hills." John Brennan and Samuel Scott, with a small group of men, laid out the site of the present Rapid City in February 1876, which was named for the spring-fed Rapid Creek that flows through it. A square mile was measured off and the six blocks in the center were designated as a business section. Committees were appointed to bring in prospective merchants and their families to locate in the new settlement. The city soon began selling supplies to miners and pioneers. Its location on the edge of the Plains and Hills and its large river valley made it the natural hub of railroads arriving in the late 1880s from both the south and east. By 1900, Rapid City had survived a boom and bust and was establishing itself as an important regional trade center for the upper Midwest.
Take a tour through town and visit the City of Presidents. The City of Presidents project began in 2000 to honor the legacy of the American presidency. Each year, four presidential sculptures are added in downtown Rapid City – two presidents from the early years of the presidency and two from more recent administrations. Each of the sculptures is privately funded, and the pattern of placement was chosen to maintain a coherent structure and eliminate any sense of favoritism or political gain with past presidents. We have many shopping areas, dining, entertainment, along with museums and wonderful places to stay. Rapid City being the gateway to the Black Hills with Mt Rushmore being only 25 miles South West from Rapid City.
Rapid City is a beautiful area to live with 6 Public Golf Courses, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Many schools Public and Private, Colleges and Universities, with a growing community of 70,000 people and we can’t forget to mention the many parks and outdoor activities for your family. Transportation to and from our city include Rapid City Regional Airport, as well as our own Rapid Transit to help you get around town.
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