The Berlin Wall in Rapid City, South Dakota

Original wall sections, note the tank trap in foreground

Having just seen some of the statues of US Presidents in downtown Rapid City we continued just driving around checking out the town. Sher spotted a sign in a park next to the convention center that said “The Berlin Wall”. There we found a memorial to the history of the divided city and the ultimate fall of Communism and the tearing down of the wall in November of 1989. Remember Reagan’s speech to the Soviet leader? “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

There are two sections of the original Berlin Wall displayed along with information filled plaques, signs and even old tank traps that were once used at Check Point Charlie, the only gate between East and West Berlin during the times of the divided city.

Original sign from “Check Point Charlie”

If you travel through the Rapid City area on your way to Mt. Rushmore, take a few minutes and go see this memorial. It is worth the time.

7 thoughts on “The Berlin Wall in Rapid City, South Dakota

  1. I grew up in post war Germany, and I thought I would never see the day of the wall coming down. I was out of the country and suddenly saw the news on television. It was overwhelming, and actually still is. I cannot think of that day without getting tears in my eyes. The people in the Russian sector really came out of the frying pan and into the fire. My father’s parents lived there, and visits where extremely difficult.

    I am still very emotional about it all, even after so many years, but there was also a joke going around: Erich Honeker, the GDR head of state, found a note on his desk “Erich, the last one switches the light off”. 😉

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  2. In Wellington FL where we go in the winter there are some twisted fragments from one of the towers that came down in 911. A grim reminder. Portions of the Berlin Wall would be much more optimistic.

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