Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One a Day

September 2017 - Rapid City SD

Click on this link  to get the background on the City of Presidents that I am showing daily.

There is no particular order to my posts.

19. Rutherford B. Hayes

Hayes is probably best known for being the winner of the most fiercely disputed election in America's history. Born in Ohio in 1822, Hayes would eventually graduate from Harvard Law School. But the 19th President didn't just fight cases in the courtroom; Hayes also fought in the Civil War. He was wounded in action and rose to the rank of brevet major general. Hayes was a member of Congress and also served three terms as Governor of Ohio between 1867 and 1876. Controversy followed Hayes's election. Congress had to establish an Electoral Commission to decide the election's winner. Hayes would end up winning the electoral vote 185 to 184. As President, Hayes passed the Compromise of 1877, which ended military occupation in the South. The statue of President Hayes stands at the corner of 4th St. & St. Joseph St. Hayes would take daily walks, so his statue shows him striding down the streets of Rapid City with his trusty cane.

Sculptor: Lee Leuning


06 Adams
32 Roosevelt

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday Treasures Part 2

Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

September 2017 - Cheyenne Wyoming

Part 1 outside

The  Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum features some of the most intriguing western artifacts in the region including one of the most extensive collections of carriages west of the Mississippi. Transport yourselves through the great adventure of the “World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Western Celebration” with a visit to our permanent exhibit on the history of Cheyenne Frontier Days™. Capture the drama and romance of the very first rodeo in 1897 to unveil how CFD has grown and changed over the years. See brand new artifacts, digital interactives and displays that illustrate the trials and triumphs of Cheyenne Frontier Days™ .

Chris Navarro
''DEPARTED SPIRITS''With this bronze sculpture I wanted to do a mystical composition. A native warrior horseback is ascending through the horn of a Buffalo bull's skull. The Plains Indian and American Buffalo lives were intertwined. When the great herds of buffalo became nonexistent the life of the Plains Indian and their way of life departed.

One a Day

September 2017 - Rapid City SD

Click on this link  to get the background on the City of Presidents that I am showing daily.

As I said there is no order to my posts, I am keeping a running list below.

06. John Quincy Adams


The sixth President stands on the corner of 7th St. & Main St. in his full formal dress, just as you would have seen him in the past. He is the son of second President John Adams and is often referred to as one of America's greatest Secretaries of State. Adams urged the U.S. to take a lead in developing the arts and sciences through a national university and broke ground on the 185-mile C & O Canal. In 1848, John Quincy collapsed on the floor of the House from a stroke. He died two days later.


Wordless Wednesday  Wordless  Be There 2day

September 2017 - Victoria BC

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

September 2017 - Somewhere in Canada

[Verse 2]
Its a home town tradition
Long weekends in the sun
Blue Jays on the radio

Girls and trucks and mud

Pass the Old Dutch chips around

Throw some mustard on a wiener
Keep the brewskis on the down low

So we don’t get misdemeanours

Soggy Bottom Summer - Dean Brody

I can't wait for 5 o’clock
Knock back a pint of my bad-io

One a Day

September 2017 - Rapid City SD

42 corners, 42 presidents!!

For decades tourists have driven through Rapid City with nary a thought other than their destination of Mount Rushmore to see the faces of four famous presidents.
Until 1999, when a life-size bronze Lincoln was displayed in a local hotel lobby, and became a huge hit.

And now they are all here, except Obama, in the works and the current president.

The walk features 42 statues, although the current president is 45th. Grover Cleveland served twice as president, but wasn’t re-elected after his first term. He won the 1884 and 1892 elections, thus serving as the 22nd and 24th president.

Dallerie Davis, co-founder of the City of Presidents Project said that there is no order or plan on the placement of the "pose with me" sculptures.

They also represent something that the president was known for, hobbies, pets, children.

The Downtown Rapid City website is my source for the presidential descriptions.

I realized that showing all of them in one post would be overwhelming so I will post a president a day in no particular order.

I will start with one of my favourites.

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sculptor: Edward Hlavka

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." These were the famous words spoken by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his Inaugural Address. The 32nd President was sworn into office at a time when the country was in the strangling grip of the Great Depression. Roosevelt was born in New York in 1882 and would go on to attend Harvard University and Columbia Law School. He would be nominated to the New York Senate in 1910 and become the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920. In the summer of 1921, FDR was diagnosed with poliomyelitis, a disease that he would battle for the rest of his life. Roosevelt was elected President in November 1932. The country was starting to see some recovery from the Great Depression by 1935, thanks in large part to Roosevelt's New Deal Program. Other accomplishments include the Social Security Act and the repealing of Prohibition. Roosevelt also led the country through World War II and helped to establish the United Nations. He died while at Warm Springs, Georgia, of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945. FDR's statue stands delivering the famous "day which will live in infamy speech" on the corner of 5th St. & Main St. The statue reveals a hint of Roosevelt's leg braces and shows him gripping the podium to steady himself, an image which projects the President's strength.


Good Random Fun

September 2017

You may have already heard of this viral activity and the communities of 500,000+ people all painting, hiding and finding rocks across the world, this was my first rock painting encounter. Find one and then post to #paintedrocklife
Rochester Minnesota - on a sculpture of the Mayo brothers.

Rapid City South Dakota on the sculpture of President Benjamin Harrison

Cheyenne Wyoming Frontier Days Old West Museum

Linking up:
The Good The Random The Fun

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

August 2017 - Toronto ON

King St. East

“Each pillar is kind of like a personification for a certain historical aspect of Corktown,” said Essencia Art Collective co-founder and co-director Elisa Monreal, a.k.a. Shalak Attack, the lead artist and project director.
The Future pillar depicts a booming Toronto cityscape, complete with condo buildings and the latest streetcar.

A turtle, representing the area’s First Nations history, and a ship crossing the high seas carrying Irish settlers give revellers an idea of the community’s history, on The Past pillar.

Toronto-based Elisa Monreal's homage The Worker pillar recalls Corktown’s working-class roots, depicting a brick mason, gears and a factory billowing smoke.
 Monreal's artist moniker is Shalak Attack and her husband Bruno Sant’Angelo Revitte, a.k.a. Bruno Smoky assisted.

This one highlights education and Toronto's first free school, Enoch Turner.