James Polk


430 St Joseph St
Rapid City, SD  57701

44.080644, -103.223047

Eleventh President of the United States


Location: Corner of 5th St. & St. Joseph St.

Sculptor: Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby


  • As a result of the Mexican-American War, he increased the size of the U.S. through the acquisition of California and New Mexico
  • On top of being nickna,es “Young Hickory” he was also nicknamed “Napoleon of the Stump” due to his small stature
  • He achieved all four of his major goals in office: cut tariffs, reestablish an independent U.S. Treasury, secure the Oregon Territory and acquire California and New Mexico