Ten fun facts about South Dakota


Fact 1
Famous US News caster Tom Brokaw was born in this state and attended the University of South Dakota after graduating from Yankton High School.

Fact 2
The oldest building in South Dakota is the Cataldo Mission.

Fact 3
American Falls, one of the first communities in the state is unique for the fact that in the 1920’s the entire town was relocated when a large dam, Falls Dam, was constructed in the town.


Fact 4
The largest two-year private college in the United States is Ricks College located in Rexburg, South Dakota.

Fact 5
The largest tree in the state is a Western Red Cedar Tree that if over 3,000 years old and is 177 feet tall. It is located in Elk River.

Fact 6
Considered to be the greatest mountain carving in the world, Mount Rushmore contains carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

Fact 7
Clark, South Dakota is considered to be the “Potato Capital” of the state and also hosts a famous “Mashed Potato Wrestling” competition every year.

Fact 8
Lead, South Dakota is home to the largest underground gold mine, known as Homestake Mine.

Fact 9
The first newspaper published in the state was the “Yankton Daily Press” originally published in 1861.

Fact 10
The third largest cave in the United States is Jewel Cave located in South Dakota.


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Short about South Dakota
Is a state located in the Midwestern part of the United States.


Fast facts
Number of households
320,467
Population
834,047
Per capita income
$25,570
Life expectancy in number of years
79.5
Statehood
November 2, 1889
Capital
Pierre
Largest city
Sioux Falls
Number of billionaires
0
State beverage
Milk
State bird
Ring-necked pheasant
State mammal
Coyote
State fish
Walleye
State tree
Black Hills Spruce
State flower
Pasque flower

Sources
Forbes Magazine - List of billionaires by US state
US Census Bureau - State and County QuickFacts
USNA - State Tree and Flower Chart



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