Exploring The "Trail of Governors"
In Pierre, a group of volunteers is trying to get a project off the ground.
It involves all the men who have served as governor of South Dakota and finding a way to honor their contributions in a way that will allow all of us...and future generations...to learn about the leaders of our state.
Continued on KSFY.com
2014 statues will
Robert Vessey by Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby
Michael Rounds by John Lopez
George S. Mickelson by James Maher
unveiled June 14
Statues honoring South Dakota Governors Frank L. Farrar,
Harvey L. Wollman and William J. Janklow will be unveiled
during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre, S.D. at
1 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013. The event will include a
tribute to our country and Flag Day.
The public is invited to attend. Those witnessing the
unveiling will include Governor Dennis Daugaard as well as
former Governors Farrar, Miller, Rounds and Wollman. Many
South Dakota governors’ family members will also take in the
These statues will be added to the trail which begins in
downtown Pierre and winds its way through the state’s
Capitol grounds. Statues for Governors Bushfield and
Mellette were placed on the trail following last year’s
unveiling ceremony, and Governor Mellette’s bronze will be
permanently placed this summer following site preparation
Sculptors are John Lopez of Lemmon, James Michael Maher
of Belle Fourche, and Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby of
Ronald D. and Linda Olinger and the
South Dakota Retailers Association have
announced a major contribution to help fund
Gov. Robert Scadden Vessey’s statue along
the Trail of Governors in Pierre.
Governor Vessey, who served from 1909 to
1913, was one of the nine founders of the
Retailers Association in 1897. Ron Olinger
served as a lobbyist for the Association
from 1991 to 2013. SDRA Board Members, the
Olingers, and Trail of Governors Foundation
Board Members gathered at the SDRA building
in Pierre today to formally announce the
donations from SDRA and the Olingers.
Governor Vessey's statue will be placed near
the entrance to the SDRA Building, at the
corner of Nicollet and Capitol Avenues in
Pierre. For more details, visit our website:
Governor Frank Farrar Statue Donors
First National Bank, First Savings Bank
and Capital Card Services presenting $68,000
+ check to Trail of Governors board members.
(from left to right) Pat Adams board member, Rick Jensen board president, Craig Davis 1st
National Bank, Matt Judson 1st National Bank
and Charles Schroyer board member
Statues to be
completed in 2013
- William J. Janklow - by Lee
Leuning & Sherri Treeby
- Harvey Wollman - by John
- Frank L. Farrar - by James
C. Mellette, Walter D. Miller, and Harlan J.
Bushfield Statue Photos
||Arthur C. Mellette
||Walter D. Miller
||Harlan J. Bushfield
Statues to Honor SD Governors
about this story on
Sneak Peek Slated
for Governor Miller Statue
life-sized, clay model of Governor Miller will be on display
from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, December 15, at the Cultural
Heritage Center in Pierre.
The foundation has
commissioned South Dakota artists to create life-sized,
bronze statues of the state’s past governors. A minimum of
three statues will be erected each year and the “Trail of
Governors” will connect the state capitol and the Missouri
River. The foundation is relying entirely upon private
donations and corporate underwriters to fulfill its vision.
Dakota Prairie Bank and Leroy and Charlene Foster are
providing interest-free loans to underwrite a portion of
this project and up to four sponsors are needed to fund each
statue. The South Dakota Community Foundation is also a
project partner and all donations are tax-deductible. Up to four sponsors are needed for each South Dakota
governor and donations are tax-deductible.
The governor statues will follow the timeline and order
established working from outside inward, i.e. the first
year’s statues will include an early governor (Mellette) and
a recent governor to leave office (Miller), as well as a
mid-timeline governor (Bushfield). Collectively, the artists
have the ability to do up to six statues each year. Thus,
additional governors may be moved up within the timeline
provided a sponsor comes forward with full funding. A timeline
for the creation of each statue may be found
This is a truly unique and South Dakotan way to honor our
state’s leaders. We hope this project will spark your
interest and we hope you will contact us with any questions
or comments you might have. In the meantime, we ask you to
check back occasionally and follow the progress! Thanks
again for stopping by and enjoy our website!