America’s Mailbox planted its flag in a new location last weekend, and it’s a big one. According to a report by South Dakota’s Rapid City Journal, the flag measures 60 feet by 30 feet and can be seen well before the exit on Interstate 90.
The business combines America’s Mailbox, the mail-forwarding service Don Humes started seven years ago in Rapid City, and a new RV campground that has 19 spaces now and will have 55 when finished. Humes also plans to lease open land nearby and offer camping during the week of the Sturgis motorcycle rally. He said he has a beer and wine license and enough room for thousands of bikers.
A frequent RVer himself, Humes developed the business in response to the RV community’s need to forward mail to ever-changing addresses. They can use an America’s Mailbox address to receive mail, and then contact the business to have the mail shipped to wherever they stop for a few days. It’s also useful for truckers, salespeople and traveling health professionals, Humes said.
Humes is working to obtain a used car dealership license so he can sell used RVs through consignment. He also has built two RV service bays and can store up to 125 RVs in the off-season.
But Humes seemed to want to talk more about the flag than about the business. He said the flagpole is 10 stories tall and that Box Elder Mayor Al Dial had the honor of raising it for the first time at a grand-opening ceremony May 14.
“We raised what we believe to be the biggest flag in the state of South Dakota,” Humes said. “Everybody in the Black Hills is going to know about that flag.”
Why such a big flag?
“Because I can,” he said. He added, “It just seemed to be the right thing to do to put up a big America’s flag. I want it to become a landmark for the Rapid City area.”