Lyndon B. Johnson Statue.

Statue #36: Lyndon B. Johnson

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Rapid City, South Dakota

Lyndon Johnson, America's 36th President (1963-1969) will always be associated with America's bloody war in Southeast Asia. His statue was sponsored by a Rapid City businessman in memory of three classmates killed in that war; and the desk on which Johnson sits -- likely browbeating a member of Congress -- has an engraved map of Vietnam. Also on the deck is a copy of a treatise, "The Prince," written by the unscrupulous political theorist Machiavelli. Overall, not a flattering portrait for a president otherwise well regarded for his civil rights accomplishments. But not on this street corner, where he's positioned -- when we visited -- in front of a gun store.

Amazing Arcana of the Presidents

Johnson's idea of a joke was to take visitors on a tour of his Texas ranch in his amphibious car, then yell, "The brakes don't work!" and drive into the river.

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City of Presidents

Lyndon B. Johnson Statue.

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 #36: Lyndon B. Johnson

Address:
701 Main St., Rapid City, SD
Directions:
Downtown. Southwest corner of Main and 7th Sts.
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