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|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
|Mount Rushmore has the carved heads of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.|
|Cattle farming is the major industry. South Dakota also has gold mining. Other industry includes food products, machinery and wood products.|
|South Dakota was first settled by the French and Spanish, but later became part of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.|
South Dakota State Flag
|South Dakota State Government Home Page|
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