PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Thursday brought a donation that will fund a bronze statue of former Governor Frank Farrar-as part of the Trail of Governors Project in Pierre. A check for $68,000 was presented to Trail of Governors board members at First National Bank yesterday. The cost for the statue is split between three of Farrar’s business ventures-First National Bank based in Pierre, First Savings Bank based in Beresford and Capital Card Services of Sioux Falls. Craig Davis, President/CEO of First National Bank, says he’s known Farrar for several years and that being able to honor him for his political work is a good thing.
Davis says officials with Farrar’s companies have been considering the donation since it was announced that Farrar’s statue would be put in place this year.
Besides Farrar, other statues that will be completed this year include former Governors Bill Janklow and Harvey Wollman. Farrar and Janklow’s statues are fully funded, but the Trail of Governors Foundation is working to raise money to pay for Wollman’s statue.
Rick Jensen, President of the Trail of Governors Board says plans call for dedicating all three statues in June.
Jensen says a decision has yet to be made regarding the placement of the three statues this year.
Statues are to be placed around the Capitol grounds, along Capitol Avenue and along segments of Pierre Street into downtown. Jensen says with the placement last year of former Governors Walter D. Miller and Harlan Bushfield, excitement is growing for the project.
The statue of Arthur Mellette was completed last year but will be placed this year in an alcove along the retaining wall of the Hughes County Courthouse. Jensen says that should happen before June.
The Trail of Governors Foundation was established in 2010 and plans call for putting up 30 statues of former governors throughout central Pierre within a ten year period. For more information on the project, visit www.TrailofGovernors.com.
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