Thursday, December 15

Facts about South Dakota

South Dakota Facts

Learn facts about South Dakota for kids.

Have you ever visited South Dakota before? Do you live there? Whichever it may be, you can learn some cool facts about South Dakota right here; just continue to read. I love learning cool facts about each of the different states in the United States. I would like to share some of those very cool facts with you! Every Thursday, I will be posting cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical (ABC) order! Last week we posted facts about South Carolina. This week we are posting cool facts about South Dakota. You will learn facts about South Dakota's state flag, bird, and many other state facts. Only nine (9) more states to blog about! 

Did you know that South Dakota was the fortieth (40th) state to join the union? Yes, that is right! South Dakota officially joined the union on November 2, 1889! South Dakota is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. South Dakota is bordered by six (6) states: North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. South Dakota is the seventeenth (17th) largest state in the United States. That means South Dakota is one of the bigger states in the United States of America. There are about 895,375 people that live in the state of South Dakota.


South Dakota famous person alert:

Did you know that Russell Charles Means was born in Porcupine, South Dakota? Russell Charles Means was an Oglala Lakota Sioux Indian civil rights activist, writer, and actor. To learn more about Russell Charles Means: CLICK HERE

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Quick Facts about South Dakota:

1. A few things South Dakota is known for are: Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills mountains, and the beautiful landscapes. A few of the nicknames for the state of South Dakota are: the Mount Rushmore State, the Blizzard State, and the Sunshine State. The South Dakota state motto is “Under God the People Rule”. The South Dakota state motto was adopted sometime in 1885. The abbreviation for South Dakota is SD.

2. The capital of South Dakota is Pierre. Pierre officially became the capital of South Dakota in 1889. Pierre has an estimated population of about 14,000 people.

3. The state bird for South Dakota is the Ring-necked Pheasant. The South Dakota Ring-necked Pheasant is a beautiful bird. The South Dakota Ring-necked Pheasant was chosen as the state bird for South Dakota in 1943. You can look at pictures and read more about the South Dakota Ring-necked Pheasant here: Click here

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4. The South Dakota official state flower is the American Pasque flower. The American Pasque flower is a perennial flowering (wildflowers) plant that can be found growing throughout the state of South Dakota. The American Pasque flower starts blooming during the spring months. They are very beautiful flowers!! The South Dakota American Pasque flower became the official state flower on March 5, 1903.

5. South Dakota’s current state flag was officially adopted in 1861. South Dakota’s state flag has a blue background with their state seal on it. The words SOUTH DAKOTA THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE appears in yellow and circle around the state seal on the flag.

6. Some crops that are grown in South Dakota are: alfalfa, barley, hay, millet, sunflowers, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in South Dakota are: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Wind Cave National Park, and Black Hills National Forest.

8. Some animals that live in South Dakota are: bison, big horn sheep, eagles, hawks, mountain goats, and white-tailed deer.

9. South Dakota can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in South Dakota was 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Fort Pierre, South Dakota on July 15, 2006. The coldest temperature ever recorded in South Dakota was -58 degrees (58 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in McIntosh, South Dakota on February 17, 1936.



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Facts about South Dakota



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Books about South Dakota:

1. South Dakota by Jo S. Kittinger

2. M is for Mount Rushmore by William Anderson

3. Where Is Mount Rushmore? by True Kelley

4. South Dakota Curiosities by Bernie Hunhoff

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