Dwight Eisenhower at Mount Rushmore - June 11, 1953

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On June 11, 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower became the first U.S. President to arrive in South Dakota by air. Eisenhower came to the state to address delegates attending a Young Republicans League convention in Rapid City.

President Eisenhower addressed the delegates at a gathering at Mount Rushmore. In the clip below, Eisenhower is seen speaking and mixing with crowd. There are also shots of Eisenhower fishing, most likely in a stream in Custer State Park. The film is silent. A transcript of the speech is available online here.

Images of the Past Dwight Eisenhower at Mount Rushmore - June 11, 1953 President Dwight Eisenhower addressed the South Dakota Young Republicans League  

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For more information about presidential visits to South Dakota, visit the South Dakota State Historical Society Press Web site and view or download "Patriotic Pageantry: Presidential Visits to South Dakota" by Harold H. Schuler.

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