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South Dakota

40th State (November 2, 1889), the midwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: SD

Nickname: Mount Rushmore State

Origin of Name: From the Sioux tribe, meaning allies.





South Dakota State:

Capital: Pierre
Motto: Under God the people rule
South Dakota State Seal
Animal: Coyote
Bird: Chinese ring-necked pheasant
Bread: Fry bread
Fish: Walleye
Flower: American Pasque
Fossil: Triceratops
Gem: Fairburn Agate
Insect: Honey Bee
Jewelry: Black Hills Gold
Mineral Stone: Rose Quartz
Song: Hail! South Dakota
Tree: Black Hills Spruce

South Dakota Map Flag

South Dakota State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)

South Dakota USA Map


Things to Know

United States Senators from South Dakota.

Mt. Rushmore
Famous for its likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt

A region of barren ravines and cliffs.

Black Hills
The highest mountains east of the Rockies.

Plains Indians
The Dakota, Lakota and Nakota Indian tribes make up the Sioux Nation.

Lewis and Clark in South Dakota
Lewis and Clark spent the late-summer and early fall of 1804 exploring present-day South Dakota.

The World's Only Corn Palace is in Mitchell, SD.

Deadwood SD.

South Dakota Agricultural
Producing corn, wheat, barley, rye, flaxseed, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seeds, honey, cattle, sheep, and hogs. South Dakota is the second largest producer of flaxseed and sunflower seed in the nation. It is the third largest producer of hay and rye.

Archaeology & Paleontology in South Dakota
Fossils of extinct species, giant wooly mammoths and dinosaur bones have been discovered in South Dakota.

Major Rivers: Cheyenne River, James River, Missouri River, White River

Famous South Dakotans

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author of "Little House on the Prairie" books

Sitting Bull
A Hunkpapa Sioux.

Crazy Horse
An Oglala Sioux chief, fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

L. Frank Baum
Author of "The Wizard of Oz"

Korczak Ziolkowski

Harvey Dunn
Famed prairie artist

Terry Redlin
World renowned artist

Things to Do

South Dakota State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Color Pages

South Dakota Flag

Mt. Rushmore color page

Things to Do-Other Sites

South Dakota
State Quarter
Read about the
South Dakota State
Quarter and print
out the color page.

Lewis and Clark in South Dakota Activities
Information on Lewis and Clark in SD.


Multimedia Tour
learn about South Dakota


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