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South Dakota (SD) - Real Estate
South Dakota Association of REALTORS®
204 North Euclid Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-0554 - (800) 227-5877 - Fax (605)224-8975
South Dakota Real Estate Commission
221 W. Capitol Ste 101
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3600 - Fax (605) 773-4356
South Dakota entered the union in 1889. It was the 40th state
to do so. Today the capital is Pierre.
It’s nickname is the Mount Rushmore State for obvious reasons
as the four presidents carved into Mt. Rushmore are here.
South Dakota is bordered by Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana,
Wyoming and North Dakota. The largest cities are Sioux Falls,
Rapid City, Aberdeen, Watertown and Brookings.
South Dakota’s agriculture includes corn, wheat, cattle, hogs
and milk. The industries include food processing, tourism and
wood and lumber products.
Some of South Dakota’s symbols are:
the American pasqueflower
the black hills spruce
the ring-necked pheasant
stone is the rose quartz
Gemstone is the fairburn agate
- Belle Fourche has been designated as the geological center of the
- Amazingly rich fossil beds have been found in the Badlands.
- River travel was often the main mode of travel for explorers of
the west. When Lewis and Clark were mapping the Louisiana Purchase
territory, they named many rivers, mountains and areas some of which
are in South Dakota.
- Yankton was the original territory capital.
- The most decorated battleship in World War II was the U.S.S. South
- The highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains is Harney Peak which
7242 feel above sea level.
- Custer State Park with it’s herd of bison. There are
over 1500 in the herd.
- Wind Cave has over 80 miles of mapped trails.
- Jewel Cave has over 120 miles of passages. It is known for
the calcite crystals that glitter like diamonds when light touches
- Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills is the state’s number one
tourist destination. The monument was created by sculptor
Gutzon Borglum in 1927. It was completed in 1941.
- Not far from Mt Rushmore is the Crazy Horse carving which is a
work in progress.
- The Badlands are filled with thousands of weathered buttes that
have been shaped into odds formations.
- Deadwood is to South Dakota what Tombstone is to Arizona. Lots
of history and many names we all know float through the streets of
these towns that have been kept alive. Among the many scenes
in the wax museum is the one depicting the moment when Jack McCall
snuck up behind Wild Bill Hickok and shot him in the head. (Jack
was later hung for his misdeed).
- Murdo is a town that grew when more than 30 old homes from around
the state were relocated along with hundreds of items from “the
good old days”. There is a diner as well as gas
station and campsite. This was where much of the movie Dances
With Wolves was filmed.
- In the town of Mitchell is the site of the Corn Palace Convention
and Visitor’s Bureau. This unique place is equipped with
an arena for sports and places for conventions. Outside there
are murals depicting life in South Dakota. On closer inspection,
the visitor will be amazed to see that these murals are made entirely
of thousands of bushels of corn, grasses, grains, wild oats, rye,
wheat and straw. More amazing is the fact that every year these
murals are taken down and new one chosen and made up for the next
year. Truly works of art.
- Located on the grounds of the capital in Pierre is a fountain built
over an artesian well that is so high in natural gas it can be lit. This
fire and water fountain burns and flows day and night in memory of
South Dakota’s military personnel.
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