Remembering Rapid City [South Dakota]: A Nostalgic Look At The 1920's Through The 1970's (Images of America Series)

By: Pechan, Bev; Groethe, Bill

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New paperback book copy of Images of America Series: Remembering Rapid City [South Dakota]: A Nostalgic Look at the 1920s through the 1970s by Bev Pechan and Bill Groethe. From the back cover: Rapid City, the Summer Playground of America, was founded in 1876 by gold seekers, fueled by a rush to the Black Hills following the Custer Expedition of 1874. By the end of World War I, the popularity of the automobile and newly constructed roads helped to shape area tourism. Mount Rushmore, 23 miles distant, was under construction in 1927, and the new Alex Johnson Hotel was completed in 1928. On June 9, 1972, a flood roared through the heart of the community, taking 238 lives. In this collection of over 200 vintage images, author Bev Pechan and Master photographer Bill Groethe capture this pioneering city in delightful detail. Ms. Pechan has written extensively on area history for the Rapid City Journal and Mr. Groethe is a lifelong Rapid City resident. Together with memorable scenes from the Bell Studio Historical Photo Collection, they have created a striking visual record of the area. The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston SC, 2002, 2004 printing. 128 pages, 9.25 x 6.5 inches, 24 cm. Current list price 21.99.Always! Free Standard Shipping in USA!


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Rapid City-"The Summer Playground of America"-was founded in 1876 by gold seekers, fueled by a rush to the Black Hills following the Custer Expedition of 1874. Merchants supplying the miners and military units patrolling the region were the ones who ultimately prospered, however. When the railroad arrived a decade later, cattlemen replaced the prospectors, and Rapid City remained a hub of activity. By the end of World War I, the popularity of the automobile and newly constructed roads helped to shape area tourism. Mount Rushmore, 23 miles distant, was under construction in 1927, and the new Alex Johnson Hotel was completed in 1928. Together, they were natural draws to complement the pine-scented beauty surrounding Rapid City, making it the center of Western hospitality. On June 9, 1972, a flood roared through the heart of the community, taking 238 lives. By the end of the decade, many new civic improvements began to change the face of Rapid City again. With this growth, Rapid City retains its early charm as the "gate city" of the Black Hills.

Title: Remembering Rapid City [South Dakota]: A Nostalgic Look At The 1920's Through The 1970's (Images of America Series)

Author/Composer: Pechan, Bev; Groethe, Bill

Categories: History American Midwest,

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing: 2002-11-18

ISBN Number: 0738520098

ISBN Number 13: 9780738520094

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: 010739

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