Bowdle is known for the
tallest water tower in
Hickok was killed in
in 1876. He is buried there in the cemetery.
adopted the honey bee as the state insect in 1978.
is the home of the world's only Corn Palace, built with 3,500 bushels of
Wild Horse Sanctuary is the home of 300 wild mustangs, where they run free
on several thousand scenic acres.
Drilling began on the
four faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 1927. 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.
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum originally planned to include a Hall of Records
behind the faces but never completed the project. Creation of the Shrine
to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now
mountain carving now in progress will be the world’s largest sculpture
(563' high, 641' long, carved in the round). It is the focal point of an
educational and cultural memorial to and for the North American Indian.
Crazy Horse is the world’s only mountain carving in progress.
Towering over the
at an elevation of 7,242 feet, Harney Peak is the highest point east of
the Rocky Mountains.
Clark is the Potato
South Dakota and is also home to the world famous Mashed Potato
In 1803, U.S. President
Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, a
real-estate deal that at the time doubled the size of the United States.
is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the
Jewel Cave is the
third-longest cave in the world. More than 120 miles of passages have been
surveyed. Calcite crystals that glitter when illuminated give the cave its
In 1898, the first
commercial timber sale on Federal forested land in the United States was
authorized in the area of Jim and Estes Creeks (near the town of Nemo).
Woonsocket is known as
The Town with the Beautiful Lake. Lake Prior sits in the middle of town.
With more than 82 miles
of mapped passages, Wind Cave contains the world’s largest display of a
rare formation called boxwork.
Harney Peak, at 7242
above sea level, is the highest point in the United States east of the
A prospector in the
named a promising claim after his neighbor’s daughter, calling it "The
Little Allie”. The prospector’s wife got angry because he had never named
a claim after her and she demanded that the mine be renamed in her honor.
The prospector agreed and renamed the mine "The Holy Terror” which is what
it is still called today.
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
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
The Prairie Rattlesnake
is the only venomous snake native to
was the most decorated battleship during World War II.