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About South Dakota

Also known as Mount Rushmore State, South Dakota pays tribute to four American presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln - in a giant mountain carving.

The state capital of South Dakota is Pierre.

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Pierre, formerly the site of the the Arikara people's fortified capital, became the state capital when South Dakota entered the Union, in 1889.

Fort Pierre, across the river, was an early fur-trading post.

After you've photographed the State Capitol, the South Dakota Heritage Museum presents its visitors with historical, military, and Native American artefacts.

Nearby Lake Oahe is artificially created by the Oahe Dam; an important irrigation, power, and flood-control project on the Missouri River.

Around South Dakota

South Dakota gets its name from the Dakota Sioux people.

States neighbouring South Dakota are: Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

The Missouri River runs through the middle of South Dakota, and the state's largest lakes - Lake Oahe, Lake Francis Case, and Lewis and Clark Lake - have all been created behind dams on it.

Early meetings between Native Americans and settlers seemed calm, although the Sioux were wary of the misuse of their lands.

Relations began to deteriorate once gold was discovered in the Black Hills and thousands more whites came in search of their fortunes.

Association of South Dakota Museums:
Locate a member museum from the alphabetical listing with museum thumbnails.

South Dakota:
The official site of the South Dakota government.

Rapid City

Rapid City:
Founded in 1876 after the discovery of gold, Rapid City is still a mining centre and the gateway to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Black Hills, and other scenic attractions.

Mount Rushmore:
If a state lacks tourist dollars, then give them a National Memorial to come to. That seems to be the reasoning behind carving a group of colossal busts in the granite face of a mountain.

The massive sculptures - directed by Gutzon Borglum, between the First and Second World Wars - are of worthy American heads of state: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Black Hills

The region is one of the richest gold-mining districts in the United States and contains a wide variety of other mineral resources including silver, lead, copper, tin, iron ore, coal, petroleum, salt, mica, and gypsum.

Black Hills National Forest:
The Black Hills were once part of a Sioux Native American reservation, but the US government broke the 1868 treaty when gold was discovered in the region in 1874.

Black Hills Tourist Info:
A state wide directory listing information about the Black Hills area of South Dakota.

Native Americans and The Sioux

Native American's influence upon the life and landscape of South Dakota can be seen through examples in the Sioux Indian Museum, in Rapid City.

The Dacotah Prairie Museum, in Aberdeen; W. H. Over Museum, at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion; and the Robinson Museum, in Pierre also exhibit art and artefacts of the state's Native American groups.

The Siouxland Heritage Museums, in Sioux Falls, also strive to preserve the region's past to serve visitors in the future, and there's plenty more historical reference material at the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Sioux Falls:
Founded in 1856, Sioux Falls had to be abandoned during the Sioux uprising of 1862, but was resettled again a few years later once Fort Dakota was established.

Today's Sioux Falls is home to the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and a memorial to the World War II battleship, USS South Dakota.

Badlands National Park:
Erosion over millions of years has produced a sight to see, and mere mortals added the rest.

Crazy Horse Memorial:
There's enough rock around Black Hills, so why not spend half a century blasting out an 80 foot sculpture of a famous Native American too.

Custer State Park:
July is mating season for the bison that remain in Custer State Park. A century ago, great herds of American buffalo were grazing on the vast prairies of South Dakota - but man was hungry too.

Custer State Park Resorts:
Within Custer State Park are four distinct resorts, each with it's own unique personality. Outdoor activities designed to get you exploring every granite spire and brook-laden, grassy meadow await you.

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