Community gets taste of Rapid City history with a horse drawn carriage ride

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The West Boulevard Summer Festival continues to remind residents of Rapid City's rich history.
And a narrated horse-drawn carriage ride tells the story of homes lining the streets.

Dan Daly, the narrator, said "Alright, welcome to the riding tour of the West Boulevard Historic District."
Take a ride down memory lane.
Daly said "It really connects you to the past in ways that other things can't."
The historic district covers nearly 50 blocks, with houses dating back as far as the 1870's.
Daly said "If you travel to a city and you really don't know anything about it - you learn a lot about the people who lived here and settled and continue to live here - based on the architecture that you see."
The first stop on our tour, the once humble abode of a bishop, modeled after the Arch Bishop's palace in St. Paul, Minnesota.
And just down the street.
Daly said "I really love the way it looks."
This home built back in 1909 - as a wedding gift.
Then, a trot away.
Daly said "Henry O'Neil - a California cattle buyer and with the same group that built the Alex Johnson hotel - built this home in 1928 for $12,500 dollars."
An entertainer at heart - this home welcomed in everyone from Gutzom Borglum to Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
It's just one of the hundreds of stories that lie behind the walls of West Boulevard.
Unless you're at this house, through these doors - lie a basketball and racquetball court built in the attic, until flames damaged part of the home in the 1940's.
Moving on to this dwelling - built by a lumber company.
Daly said "And I think the address was supposed to be 1002 West Boulevard. But I think he liked even numbers - so he persuaded them to make it 1000 West Boulevard."
To another landmark.
Daly said "For years, it was painted orange with black trim. And everybody in neighborhood called it the pumpkin house."
A piece of history - making the district unique.
Daly said "There's so many styles and there's no real planned pattern - and I like that."
The horse-drawn carriage has made it's way through town for at least 10 years during the West Boulevard Summer Festival.