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Capital City:

Pierre (Pronounced Peer)


November 2, 1889 (39th or 40th -- Admitted the same day as ND.)




Mt. Rushmore State / Coyote State


Under God the People Rule.

Origin of State Name:

Dakota is a Sioux Indian word for "friend."



Largest Cities:

Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Watertown, Brookings

Border States:

Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming

Land Area:

75,956 sq. mi., 16th largest

Highest Point:

Harney Peak, 7,242 ft

Lowest Point:

Big Stone Lake, 966 ft.

State Bird:

Ring-necked Pheasant

State Flower:

Pasqueflower (pulsatilla hirsutissima)

State Tree:

Black Hills Spruce (picea glauca)

State Song:

Hail, South Dakota

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