|The Liberty Bell|
|John Trumbell's Painting|
Artist John Trumbull painted his idea of the first draft of the Declaration of Independence being presented by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston to their fellow members of the Second Continental Congress. He began planning the painting in 1786, but did not complete the original for nearly 20 years. A 12x18 foot mural of it was commissioned in 1817 to hang in the U.S. Capitol. It was permanently installed in the rotunda in 1826.
Now, a team of talented South Dakota artists has re-invented Trumbull’s iconic “Declaration of Independence” painting into a unique sculpture exhibit that is housed in a representation of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, complete with a 125-foot clock tower, near Rapid City.
Jim Gets to Shoot a Musket:
The Musket Range provides an opportunity for visitors to shoot the Kentucky long rifle our founding fathers used while fighting for freedom in the Revolutionary War. Historically, the Kentucky long rifle replaced the European-made “Brown Bessie” rifles that were heavy, short-ranged, and wasted precious powder and lead—making them unsuitable for the American Frontier. During the fight for independence, American gunsmiths reduced the bores to smaller caliber to conserve lead and powder, increased the barrel length for extra thrust, and finally “rifled” the barrel for further range and accuracy. The Kentucky quickly became famous for precision up to 200 yards. Daniel Boone carried a Kentucky long rifle through Cumberland Gap.