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Official South Dakota County and City Sites
  • Capital: Pierre
  • Population: 754,844
  • Entered the Union: Nov. 2, 1889
  • As the 40th state
  • Motto: Under God the people rule
  • Nickname: Mount Rushmore State; Coyote State
  • Flower: American pasqueflower
  • Bird: Ring-necked pheasant
  • Song: Hail! South Dakota
  • Sports Teams: None.
  • Origin of Name: From the Sioux tribe, meaning allies.
  • Major Industries: Agriculture (grains and cattle, dairy and hogs), tourism, and the manufacturing of food and related products.
  • Historical Sites: Mt. Rushmore is famous for the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Points of Interest: The World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell; The city of Deadwood where Wild Bill Hickok was killed in 1876 and where gambling was recently legalized to truly recapture the city's Old West flavor.
  • Bordering States: North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.

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