The 9824-acre Black Elk
Wilderness in the center of the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve was named for
Black Elk, an Oglala
The Mammoth Site of Hot
Springs contains the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoth
bones discovered in their primary context in the world! This National
Natural Landmark is the only in-situ (bones left as found) display of
fossil mammoths in America.
The Pioneer Auto Museum
in Murdo details more than 250 rare automobiles including the infamous
Tucker and Edsel.
Near the shore of Lake
Herman, Prairie Village includes the original townsite of Herman, Dakota
Territory. It is also home of the Art B. Thomas Hershell-Spillman Carousel
that is complete with its operating coal fired boiler and steam engine.
The abundant water flow
of Spearfish Creek favored the establishment of a Federal Fish Hatchery in
1898. It is known today as the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery.
Sioux Falls exists as a
city today because the land speculators who staked town site claims there
in 1857 came in search of the cascades of the Big Sioux River.
The Flaming Fountain on
State Capitol Lake is fed by an artesian well with natural gas content so
high that it can be lit. The fountain glows perpetually as a memorial to
The George S. Mickelson
Trail is South Dakota's premier rails-to-trails project. This award winning tail
stretches 114 miles from Deadwood to
The Crystal Springs Ranch
rodeo arena in Clear Lake was built on a drained duck pond. The former
duck pond is now known as "America's Most Natural Rodeo Bowl".
Faith is famous to
paleontologists. Several Hadrosaur, Edmontosaurus annectens were excavated
on a ranch north of Faith and one of the largest, most complete, and best
preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex was excavated nearby.
The Silent Guide Monument
in Philip was built in the late 1800s by a sheepherder to mark a waterhole
that never went dry. Made of flat stones, the guide originally stood
fourteen feet high, and could be seen as far as thirty five miles away.
For millions of years,
Split Rock Creek near Garretson cut deep gorges through Palisades State
Park. Geologists say the Sioux quartzite spires are 1.2 billion years old!
Glaciers deposited a thin layer of debris atop the quartzite. Beds of dark
red pipestone can be found between the layers. This is one of the few
areas in the nation where pipestone is found. The mineral is considered
Mato Paha "Sacred
Mountain" is the origin of many
legends. Rising 1400 feet above the surrounding prairie near Sturgis,
and standing all by itself, Bear Butte isn't hard to find. It was used as
a landmark by the plains Indians and even today it is considered sacred by
the plains peoples.
National Cemetery "The Arlington of the West" is a final resting place of
our nation's veterans.
The Anne Hathaway Cottage
at Wessington Springs is the only structure in the Midwest US that
features a thatched roof. The cottage is styled after the original Anne
Hathaway home in England.
Brookings is the home of
State University, the state’s largest university, with 8100 students, and
a staff of nearly 2000.
Rivers were the highways
in settling the western territory. Lewis and Clark named American Creek
when they passed through the Chamberlain - Oacoma area while exploring the
territory for President Jefferson in 1804.
Yankton was the original
Dakota Territorial capital city.
Henry Holland built an
English-style mill in Milbank in 1886, three years before
became a state. Until 1907 it was used by settlers to grind wheat and corn
and to saw wood.
The first and oldest
Dakota daily newspaper, published in 1861 is the Yankton Daily Press &
The Meridian Bridge built
in 1924 was the first structure built across the Missouri River in South
The Prairie Rattlesnake
is the only venomous snake native to South Dakota.
The U.S.S. South Dakota
was the most decorated battleship during World War II.
There are 39 State Parks and Recreation/Nature
areas in South Dakota.
It has been estimated that 90% of women living
in Deadwood, South Dakota
in 1876 were prostitutes.
Newton Hills State Park, south of Canton, is
part of a geological feature called the Coteau des Prairie. This narrow
strip of rolling hills and forests was created by glaciers and extends
along the eastern edge of South Dakota.
At its highest point, the Coteau rises to more than 2,000 feet above sea
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