Teddy Roosevelt statue.

Statue #26: Teddy Roosevelt

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Rapid City, South Dakota

Several war hero Presidents among the City of Presidents bronzes statues are armed with swords, but Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909) is the only one sporting both a blade and a gun. Thus weaponized, Teddy led the charge up San Juan Hill in the brief 1898 Cuban War and became vice-presidential material -- and then the President when his predecessor, William McKinley, was assassinated.

Teddy Roosevelt statue.

A number of statues of Teddy depict him astride a horse -- he was the last U.S. military equestrian President -- but a horse would have busted the statue budget of Rapid City.

Amazing Arcana of the Presidents

Roosevelt became permanently blind in his left eye while boxing for fun at The White House, but he never talked about it.

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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 #26: Teddy Roosevelt

Address:
898 Main St., Rapid City, SD
Directions:
Downtown. Northeast corner of Main and 9th Sts.
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In the region:
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