South Dakota

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South Dakota
Capital Pierre
Nickname Mount Rushmore State
Governor Dennis Daugaard, R
Senator Tim Johnson, D
(202) 224-5842
Senator John Thune, R
(202) 224-2321
Ratification of Constitution/or statehood November 2, 1889 (40th)
Flag of South Dakota Motto: "Under God the people rule"

South Dakota is part of the Midwest, and is on the northern Great Plains; it was the fortieth state to enter into the Union, on November 2, 1889. It entered the same day as North Dakota, but is considered to be second because of the alphabetical order. The state capital is Pierre, and the largest city is Sioux Falls. [1]

Acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, the region that is now South Dakota was originally part of the Dakota Territory, before being separated from North Dakota.

The state is bordered on the north by North Dakota, on the south by Nebraska, on the east by Minnesota and Iowa, and on the west by Wyoming and Montana. [2]

South Dakota is known for its Black Hills, the highest point of which is 7,242 ft at Harney Peak. The indigenous Indian peoples are the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation. Lewis and Clark traveled through South Dakota in 1804 and 1806 on their journey to the West Coast. [3]

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Famous Places in South Dakota

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State Facts

  • Population: 781,919 [4]
  • State Tree: Black Hills Spruce
  • State Flower: Pasque
  • State Animal: Coyote
  • State Bird: Chinese ring-necked pheasant
  • State Mineral: Rose quartz

Notable people from South Dakota