US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 – City of Presidents Tour Rapid City, SD

City of Presidents Guide

On a road trip in May of 2022, we found ourselves in Rapid City, South Dakota. We had visited Mt. Rushmore on a previous visit but had never checked out what they call the City of Presidents. This is a series of life-sized bronze statues located among the city and streets of downtown Rapid City. According to their site, The City of Presidents project began in 2000 to honor the legacy of the American presidency. Each sculpture is privately funded, and the pattern of placement was chosen to maintain an orderly structure and eliminate any sense of favoritism or political gain. The City of Presidents is part of the Rapid City Historic District Tour. This is part 2 of a 5 part series on these amazing statues and includes the US Presidential Statues 1841-1877. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoyed learning a lot of history while doing research. Continue reading “US Presidential Statues 1841-1877 – City of Presidents Tour Rapid City, SD”

US Presidential Statues 1789-1841 – City of Presidents Tour Rapid City, SD

On a road trip in May of 2022, we found ourselves in Rapid City, South Dakota. We had visited Mt. Rushmore on a previous visit but had never checked out what they call the City of Presidents. This is a series of life-sized bronze statues located among the city and streets of downtown Rapid City. According to their site, The City of Presidents project began in 2000 to honor the legacy of the American presidency. Each sculpture is privately funded, and the pattern of placement was chosen to maintain an orderly structure and eliminate any sense of favoritism or political gain. The City of Presidents is part of the Rapid City Historic District Tour. This is part 1 of a 5 part series on these amazing statues and includes the US Presidential Statues 1789-1841. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoyed learning a lot of history while doing research.

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Underground Cities Around the World

Living in Colorado for a few years now I have heard some of the controversies about whether Denver has an underground city. I did some searching and couldn’t find anything concrete, however, I did find quite a bit of information about other cities around the world that do have underground cities. Thus, I decided to share this information and hope you may find it interesting too. If you know of or want to share other underground cities, please feel free to share in the comments below.

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Washington State Capitol in Olympia – The Evergreen State

Washington State Capitol - FrontOn a trip to Seattle in May of 2016 to watch my Angels play the Mariners at Safeco Field, we were able to check one more state capitol off our list, the Washington State Capitol in Olympia! I have seriously lost count, but it was really nice to mark this one off our list 🙂  Even though the capitol building isn’t in Seattle, it was only an hour and ½ away, so we made a day trip out of it. Continue reading “Washington State Capitol in Olympia – The Evergreen State”

Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta – The Peach State

Georgia State Capitol - FrontWhile in Atlanta, June of 2012, we had a great time touring the Word of Coke, seeing Stone Mountain, and spending a few hours at Centennial Olympic Park. However, on our continued quest to visit all the 50 state capitols, we also toured the Georgia State Capitol while in the area. Yes, 2012 was a while ago, but I still remember our visit fondly, as well as their amazing staircase. I think it was the highlight of the building. Of course, that is just my opinion, but I really liked it. Continue reading “Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta – The Peach State”

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour of Seattle, Washington

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour - SignWhile in Seattle for Valentine’s Day of 2017,  we did an unusual tour.  We had done a few of the touristy things like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market,  Microsoft, etc, and were looking for something different. We decided on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. It’s a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of June 6, 1889.  It wasn’t something I would have thought of if someone hadn’t mentioned it to me a few years back. I was surprised at how much fun we had exploring Seattle’s underground. Continue reading “Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour of Seattle, Washington”

South Dakota – Wyoming – US States Number 41 Through 50

South Dakota – Wyoming

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We have traveled a lot throughout the US and have actually been to 41 of the 50 States. Thus I decided to share some information about each state as well as the state road sign. If we didn’t get to a state sign yet (or forgot to get one while we were there), I have posted another picture of a state sign and will replace it once we have pictures. In the meantime, please enjoy the information on the states from South Dakota – Wyoming.  FYI, these are in alphabetical order. Continue reading “South Dakota – Wyoming – US States Number 41 Through 50”

The Museum of Flight in Tukwila, WA – Travel Through Time and Space

Museum of Flight - SignWhile we were in Seattle in May of 2016 checking out the Space Needle, Microsoft, Boeing, and Pike Place Market, my husband toured the Museum of Flight in  Tukwila, Washington. Here are his memories from his visit. The Museum of Flight in Tukwila, Washington is one of the largest aviation museums in the world. It is located next to Boeing Field and one of Boeing’s manufacturing plants, so many classic Boeing aircraft are of course represented, but the collection contains many others. Continue reading “The Museum of Flight in Tukwila, WA – Travel Through Time and Space”

Lake Havasu Arizona – The 24 Lighthouse Replicas on the Lake

Lake HavasuLake Havasu currently claims the title of “the city with most lighthouses in America,” and thanks to the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, Arizona someday could surpass Michigan as the state with the most lighthouses. Arizona? Really? In the middle of the desert is not a place you would think of when you think of lighthouses.  However, if you have been to Lake Havasu you may have seen the 24 replica of famous lighthouses from the East Coast, West Coast and the Great Lakes area.

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Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington – Let’s Go Shopping

Pike Place Market - SignOne of the things Gene really wanted to see and do while we were in Seattle in May of 2016, besides Boeing and Museum of Flight, was visiting the Pike Place Market. He claimed the main reason was to watch the guys throw some fish around. I really didn’t see the appeal on the fish-throwing part, but I did want to see the market.  We spent a few areas one afternoon before heading next door to Safeco Field to watch my Angels play the Mariners. We had a great time walking about the market place which I learned opened on August 17, 1907. Wow, I had no idea it has been around that long. Continue reading “Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington – Let’s Go Shopping”