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Moving to South Dakota
South Dakota is world famous for the awe-inspiring Mount Rushmore, but there is so much that this state has to offer that invokes the "Wow Factor." Breathtaking natural beauty abounds, and there are 39 State Parks and Recreation/Nature areas to enjoy. Visitors to the Badlands National Park will find fossil evidence of 35 million years of evolution - a dog-sized camel, three-toed horse, and saber-toothed cat. The Badlands are known as "the playground" of the dinosaur. The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs contains the largest concentration of woolly mammoth bones discovered in their primary context in the world. This landmark is the only in-situ (bones left as found) display of fossil mammoths in America.
South Dakota became the 40th state on November 2, 1889. With a land area of 77,121 square miles, SD is the 17th largest state in the US. The population, as of the 2000 census, counts just over 750,000 people residing in South Dakota, making it the 45th most populous state. Major industries are agriculture, cattle farming, mining (gold), meat packing, and tourism.
Now that you are moving to the Mount Rushmore State, impress your friends and family with these South Dakota fun facts:
State Capital is Pierre.
Largest city is Sioux Falls.
State Motto: "Under God the people rule."
Origin of the Name: Dakota was what the Sioux Indians called themselves.
South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation.
Clark is the Potato Capital of SD and the home of the Mashed Potato Wrestling contest.
The internationally famous, Sturgis Rally and Races, held during the first week of August, welcomes motorcyclists from all parts of the world. Over the years, the Rally has grown into a 15-day premier event with attendance of more than 650,000 racers, visitors, and celebrities.
State Bird is the Chinese ring-necked pheasant.
Mt. Rushmore was called Mountain of Rock before the presidential faces were carved.
Drilling began on Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 1927 by sculptor Gutzon Borglum. Towering 6,200 feet, the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall.
Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million.
Mitchell is the home of the world's only Corn Palace, built with 3,500 bushels of ears of corn.
The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is the home of 300 wild mustangs, where they run free on several thousand scenic acres.
The site of a rich gold strike in 1875, Deadwood retains its mining town atmosphere. Much of its fame rests on the famous, or infamous, characters that passed through. Wild Bill Hickok was killed and buried in Deadwood in 1876.
State Flower is the American pasqueflower, the May Day flower.
The largest underground gold mine is the Homestake Mine in Lead. Tours are available today telling of the area and the mine's rich history.
Enjoy your new home - South Dakota!