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Franklin Pierce Statue.

Statue #14: Franklin Pierce

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Rapid City, South Dakota

Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) was likable as a person but bad as a President. Sculptor James Van Nuys gave his bronze statue of Pierce a haunted look, possibly anticipating the Civil War that he failed to prevent, but more likely mourning his third and last-living child, who died in a train wreck that Pierce and his wife survived. Known for his excess drinking, Pierce stands in front of a Rapid City bar; the juxtaposition is not intentional.

Amazing Arcana of the Presidents

Franklin Pierce Statue.

Pierce was the first president to have a Christmas tree and a bathtub in the White House.

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City of Presidents

Since 2000, Rapid City has commissioned and installed bronze statues of every former U.S. President on its downtown street corners. Visitors are encouraged to take a walking tour of the City of Presidents and inspect the nation's metallic Commanders in Chief. Paper guides are available year-round at the city's main Visitor Center at 512 Main St.

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Also see: America's Street Corner Presidents

Statue #14: Franklin Pierce

899 Main St., Rapid City, SD
Downtown. Southeast corner of Main and 9th Sts.
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Statue #15: James BuchananStatue #15: James Buchanan, Rapid City, SD - < 1 mi.
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Statue #25: William McKinley, Rapid City, SD - < 1 mi.

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