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State of South Dakota



The George P. Sexauer House in Brookings South Dakota.

Photo: The George P. Sexauer House, ca. 1900, 949 4th Street, Brookings, South Dakota. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Photographed by User:Jatakuck (own work), 2011, [cc-by-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed November, 2012.

  • Capitol: Pierre
  • Largest City: Sioux Falls
  • Nickname: Mount Rushmore State
  • State Bird: Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant
  • State Tree: Black Hills Spruce
  • State Flower: May Day
  • Land Area: 77,100 square miles
  • Motto: Under God the people rule
  • Name means - Dakota was the Sioux Indian name for themselves

Setting [1]

South Dakota is a rectangular tract of land, about 370 miles long by 210 wide, lying approximately in the geographical center of the North American Continent. It is about equidistant from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and about midway between the North Pole and the Equator. It is bounded roughly on the north by the 46th and on the south by the 43rd parallels of latitude, on the west by the 104th meridian of longitude and on the east by Traverse and Big Stone Lakes, the 96th meridian, and the Big Sioux River. It embraces an area of 77,615 square miles, or nearly 50,000,000 acres of land, being larger than the combined areas of the New England States, and one and one-half times as large as England. It ranks fourteenth among the States of the Union in size. North Dakota lies along its northern border, Montana and Wyoming bound it on the west, Nebraska has a common boundary line with it to the south, and Iowa and Minnesota lie directly to the east.

  1. Federal Writers Project, Works Progress Administration, State of South Dakota, South Dakota Guide, American Guide Series, 1938, State Publishing Company, Pierre.

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