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Founder Statue Erected In Sioux Falls



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One of Sioux Falls' founding fathers now has a monument in the city.


Friday morning a 10 foot bronze statue of R.F. Pettigrew was lifted into place on a 5 foot granite pedestal at the entrance to Phillips to the falls.


Darwin Wolf launched the project in 2005 and began sculpting in 2009.


The statue is hollow, but it's casted plate by plate and the outsides are welded together. It's coated in a green patina.


Wolf says Pettigrew made a tremendous impact on Sioux Falls and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude.


Richard Franklin Pettigrew was born in 1846 and died in 1926.


He was a lawyer, surveyor, and land developer.


He represented the Dakota Territory in the U.S. congress and was the first U.S. senator from South Dakota.

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