Monday, March 9, 2009

Rapid City, South Dakota: Berlin Wall

What, exactly, is part of the Berlin Wall doing in Rapid City, South Dakota?

It is something of a memorial to the end of the Cold War. The pieces were donated to the city, and the exhibit includes some helpful displays that show, for example, where this piece of the wall (behind and to the left of the sign) was in Berlin.

But why Rapid City? The Cold War was big business for South Dakota. Ellsworth Air Force Base is on the outskirts of town, and there are missile silos scattered throughout the region. This is something of a tribute to the work of the people who contributed to America's defense here.

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