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Trail of Governors
1714 N. Lincoln
Pierre, SD 57501
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Donated to Date: $514,074.24
Welcome to the Trail of Governors.
||Steve Beck of Beck Motors presents a
$17,000 check for the Governor Michael Rounds statue
which will be completed in 2014 to Stephanie Judson
of the South Dakota Community Foundation.
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.
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2014 statues will
Robert Vessey by Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby
Michael Rounds by John Lopez
George S. Mickelson by James Maher
Statues to Honor SD Governors
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Established in 2010, the Trail of Governors Foundation is
committed to honoring South Dakota’s chief executives in a
unique and lasting manner. While the physical trail is
located in South Dakota’s state capital, the project has
brought partners together from across the state and beyond
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!