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Some South Dakota Trivia

Capital - Pierre Coyote - South Dakota Mammal
Nickname – The Mount Rushmore State
Motto – "Under God the People Rule"
Admitted To Union – November 2, 1889 -- 40th State
Size – 77,121 square miles
Highest Point - Black Elk Peak; 7,242 feet
Lowest Point - Big Stone Lake; 962 feet
Geographic Center - Hughes, 8 miles northeast of Pierre
Topography - Prairie in the east; rolling hills of the Great Plains in the west; Black Hills in the southwest.
Population – (2000 census) 754,844
State Flower– Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla hirsutissima)
State Mammal – Coyote
State Bird - Ring-necked Pheasant
State Tree – Black Hills Spruce (Picea glauca)
Song – Hail, South Dakota
State Mineral – Rose Quartz
State Gemstone – Fairburn Agate
State Jewelry – Black Hills Gold
State Fish - Walleye
State Fossil – Triceratops
Largest Cities - Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Watertown, Brookings, Mitchell, Pierre, Yankton, Huron, Vermillion
Economy - Agriculture: Cattle, hogs, wheat, soybeans, milk, corn
Industry - Food processing, lumber and wood products, tourism
Flag - The South Dakota flag features the state seal surrounded by a golden blazing sun in a field of sky blue. Letters reading "South Dakota, The Mount Rushmore State" -- the official state nickname -- are arranged in a circle around the sun.
Origin of state's name - Dakota is the Sioux Indian word for "friend"
Famous South Dakotans -
Sparky Anderson - baseball manager, Bridgewater
Catherine Bach - actress, Faith/Rapid City
L. Frank Baum – newspaper editor, author, Aberdeen
Black Elk - Oglala chief
Bob Barker - Game Show Host, Mission
Tom Brokaw - TV newscaster, Webster-Yankton
Shawn Colvin - singer, Vermillion
Tom Daschle – U.S. Senator, Aberdeen
Vine Deloria – author, professor, Martin
Myron Floren - accordionist, Roslyn
Joe Foss – WWII pilot, Governor, NFL commissioner, Sioux Falls
Paul Goble – author, illustrator, Rapid City
Dick Green - MLB Baseball player, Rapid City
Becky Hammon – WNBA player, Rapid City
Mary Hart - TV personality, Sioux Falls
Linda Hasselstrom - rancher/author, Hermosa
Crazy Horse - Oglala chief
Hubert H. Humphrey - senator and vice president, Wallace
Roy Braxton Justus - cartoonist, Avon
Cheryl Ladd - actress, Huron
Randy Lewis – Olympic Gold medalist/wrestling, Rapid City
Russell Means - American Indian activist, Pine Ridge
George McGovern - Senator/presidential candidate, Avon
Billy Mills - Olympic Gold Medalist, Pine Ridge
Allen Newharth - USA Today founder, Eureka
Kathleen Norris – author, Lemmon
Pat O'Brien - TV personality, Sioux Falls
Dorothy Provine - actress, Deadwood
Rain-in-the-Face - Hunkpapa Sioux chief
Red Cloud - Oglala Sioux chief
Sitting Bull - Hunkpapa Sioux chief
Casey Tibbs - Bronc Rider, rodeo promoter, Ft. Pierre
Norm Van Brocklin - football player, Parade
Mamie Van Doren - actress, Rowena
Adam Vinateri - NFL kicker, Yankton/Rapid City
Laura Ingalls Wilder – pioneer and writer, DeSmet