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South Dakota
( The Coyote State / The Sunshine State )
South Dakota Map South Dakota was named for the Dakota division of the Sioux Indians. Dakota means "Friend". Today, just less than 10 percent of its population is American Indian. In 1889, South Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 40th state. On the same day, North Dakota was admitted. The Dakota Territory was divided along the 46th parallel. South Dakota is mainly a rural state. It is known for two monumental sculptures carved into the Black Hills - Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which honors presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, and the Crazy Horse Monument, still under construction, which honors the Oglala Sioux war chief. South Dakota is a state of many startling and beautiful contrasts. The wide Missouri River flows southward through the middle of the state. Low hills, formed by ancient glaciers and vast stretches of fertile cropland lie east of the river. The enchanting Black Hills rise abruptly in the southwest. Southeast of the Black Hills are the weirdly beautiful Badlands. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in South Dakota include:

The Flag of South Dakota
South Dakota state flag Entered the Union in 1889 as the 40th State; flag adopted in 1963. The State seal is represented against a sunburst. Its design includes symbols of stock raising, industry, agriculture commerce, and nature.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Sioux Falls, 123,975; Rapid City, 59,607; Aberdeen, 24,658; Watertown, 20,237; Brookings, 18,504; Mitchell, 14,558; Pierre, 13,876; Yankton, 13,528; Huron, 11,893; Vermillion, 9,765
Business and Trade in South Dakota
Agriculture: Cattle, hogs, wheat, soybeans, milk, corn.

Industries: Food processing, machinery, lumber and wood products, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Flower: Pasqueflower (pulsatilla hirsutissima)
  • Tree: Black Hills Spruce (picea glauca)
  • Song(s): Hail, South Dakota
  • Motto: Under God the People Rule

South Dakota Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Badlands National Park - Interior
Sand Lake WMD - Columbia
Fort Meade Recreation Area - Belle Fourche
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway - Custer
Black Hills National Forest - Custer
capital  Capital: Pierre

statehood  Statehood: 1889-11-02

population  Population:
754,844 (9.9 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 77,116.49
    Water 1,231.85
    Land 75,884.64
    Rank 16th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In South Dakota, there are 323,208 housing units, averaging to 4.3 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Cheyenne Men Converse with White Man through Interpreter Photograph - South Dakota
Cheyenne Men Converse with White Man through Interpreter Photograph - South Dakota
Giclee Print 12" x 9"
Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota
Art Print 18" x 13"
South Dakota - Black Hills
Giclee Print 12" x 9"
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Aerial View of the Sioux River
Giclee Print 16" x 12"
Deadwood, South Dakota
Art Print 18" x 13"
Cowboy on His Horse Photograph - South Dakota
Giclee Print 12" x 9"

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