Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to the West, Mount Rushmore

The pathway leading up to the faces at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Rapid City, South Dakota, is where the west begins. It is here, in the western part of what was once mostly empty Dakota Territory, where the Great Plains of the upper Midwest gradually give roll to the volcanic Black Hills, a place sacred to the American Indians for centuries, and thus a fitting place for…