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South Dakota State Facts

Population (1994): 721,000 (45th in size)

State size: 77,116 square miles (16th in size)

State Capital: Pierre (named after Pierre Chouteau who founded St Louis, Missouri)

Major cities: Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls

Admission to union: The 40th State

Date entered the union: November 2, 1889

Origin of state name: Same as North Dakota, an Indian name meaning "allies".

Nicknames: The Coyote State or the Sunshine State

Bordering states: North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana

State bird: Ring-necked Pheasant

State flower: Pasqueflower

State tree: White Spruce

Motto: Under God the People Rule


Geographic Landmarks

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Mount Rushmore has the carved heads of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. South Dakota Geographic Landmarks


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Cattle farming is the major industry. South Dakota also has gold mining. Other industry includes food products, machinery and wood products.  


Historical Highlights

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South Dakota was first settled by the French and Spanish, but later became part of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about South Dakota

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South Dakota State Government Home Page

Mount Rushmore National Monument Home Page


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