Trail of Governors (South Dakota)

The Trail of Governors is series of life-size bronze statues of former governors of South Dakota in Pierre, the state capital. The project's goal is to place statues of every former governor; as of 2021, twenty-eight statues have been placed.[1] Sculptors who have created statues for the project include John Lopez, James Van Nuys, James Michael Maher, Lee Leuning and Sherry Treeby.[2]

The Trail of Governors statue of Arthur C. Mellette, by sculptor John Lopez, was the first unveiled, in 2012. Mellette was the first Governor of South Dakota.

Statues have been added to the trail since 2012:

Following the 2021 unveiling, there are three remaining former governors to be added to the trail: Andrew E. Lee, Frank M. Byrne and William J. Bulow. Future governors, beginning with Governor Kristi Noem, will be added after they leave office.


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