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Learning About the U.S. State of South Dakota

South Dakota is a Great Plains state. It was named after the Dakota division of the Sioux Indians. It is mostly a rural state. Well-known historical figures like Lewis and Clark, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Sitting Bull, and General George Custer have all added to the colorful past of South Dakota. When gold was discovered the Gold Rush started in 1874 and prospecting towns like Dead Tree Gulch were established. Gold is still mined in South Dakota and Homestake Mine was one of the largest producers of gold in the U.S. It closed in 2002. Many tourists visit the state because of two great monuments. One is Mount Rushmore which has been carved into the Black Hills and depicts four U.S. Presidents – Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. The other is in the process of construction The Crazy Horse Memorial honoring the Oglala Sioux war chief.

  • Was the state named after the Sioux Indians?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Was the Homestake Mine one of the largest gold producers in the U.S.?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Are four U.S. Presidents carved on Mount Rushmore?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What is its capital?

    • Deadwood
    • Pierre
    • Rapid City
  • What is the state nickname?

    • The Prairie State
    • The Great Monument State
    • The Mount Rushmore State
  • What is the state song?

    • Hail, South Dakota
    • Home in South Dakota
    • South Dakota
  • What is the state flower?

    • American Pasque flower
    • Violet
    • Prairie rose
  • What is the state bird?

    • Woodland thrush
    • Ring-necked peasant
    • Woodpecker
  • What is the state tree?

    • Prairie pine
    • Fir
    • White spruce
  • What is the state animal?

    • Prairie dog
    • Coyote
    • Timber wolf
  • What is the state fish?

    • Anchovy
    • Walleye
    • Pike

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