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South Dakota – the Mount Rushmore State

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South Dakota Printables


South Dakota Color-me State Symbols

South Dakota Printable Blank Map

South Dakota Color-me State Quarter

South Dakota Printable Blank Flag

South Dakota Printable Fact Sheet

South Dakota Printable Scavenger Hunt

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South Dakota Online Extras


Ring-necked Pheasant

South Dakota State Bird: Ring-necked Pheasant


South Dakota Jigsaw

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South Dakota State Bird: Ring-necked Pheasant


Top Five Facts


1. ) The world’s best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton was found by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.

2. ) South Dakota is the only state whose name does not share a single letter with the name of its capital city (Pierre).

3. ) South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore is one of the most iconic landmarks in America and is considered the world’s greatest mountain carving.

4. ) NBC anchor Tom Brokaw graduated from high school and college in South Dakota.

5. ) The grasslands of South Dakota are home to the black-footed ferret, one of the nation’s most crtically endangered mammals.


South Dakota in History

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Statues at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

1743: The two LaVerendrye brothers were the first Whites to explore the area and left proof by burying a metal plate near the Missouri River.

1803: In the year 1803, the Dakota Territory was bought as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

1804-1806: Explorers Lewis and Clark mapped and explored the region around the Missouri River.

1817: White settlers began a fur trading post at what is now Fort Pierre.

1858: Yankton Sioux Indians sign the 1858 Treaty ceding much of eastern South Dakota to the U.S. Government.

1861: The U.S. Government establishes the Dakota Territory.

1874: General George Custer leads an expedition in which gold is discovered in the Black Hills.

1889: South Dakota became a state.

1890: Pierre became the permanent capital of South Dakota.

1890: 300 Sioux Indians are killed in what came to be known as the Wounded Knee Massacre. It was last major conflict between the Sioux and the U.S. Military.

1900: Author L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which led to the movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” He wrote the book while living in South Dakota.

1927: Gutzon Borglum began work on Mt. Rushmore.

1930s: South Dakota’s agricultural economy was decimated by drought, dust, and the Depression in what was known as the Dust Bowl.

1939: Badlands National Monument was established. It was made a national park in 1978.

1948: Construction on the monument to the Oglala chief, Crazy Horse, began.

1972: Failure of the Canyon Lake Dam near Rapid City results in a devastating flood, killing 238 people.

1991: George H.W. Bush officially dedicates Mt. Rushmore.


Louisiana Purchase

Much of Nebraska became part of the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Click above to learn why it is sometimes called the "greatest real estate deal in history."

Lewis and Clark Stamp Thumbnail

Lewis and Clark in Depth

This is one of the web’s most comprehensive exhibits on the Lewis and Clark expedition for kids. It contains numerous printable and interactive activities as well as a guided tour along the trail.


South Dakota in Detail

Mt. Rushmore Airmail Stamp
Mt. Rushmore U.S. Postage Stamp

Wind Cave National Park

Badlands National Park

Missouri River

Mt. Rushmore


Mt. Rushmore Figures

George Washington on Mt. Rushmore

George Washington

The "Father of Our Country," George Washington was Commander of the Continental Army and first American president.


Thomas Jefferson

Author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia, among many others things, Jefferson deliberately omitted the fact that he was America’s third president from the etchings on his tombstone.


Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was president during arguably the most difficult time in American history. He succeeded in preserving the Union during the Civil War and forever remains one of the legendary figures in American lore.


Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

"Walk softly and carry a big stick," were the immortal words of Theodore Roosevelt. Learn all about the man and president this park was named for by clicking above.


South Dakota is part of Tornado Alley

Tornado maker

Learn all about Tornadoes

Make your own F5 Tornado!


South Dakota Dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Dinosaur Maker


South Dakota People

Sitting Bull United States Postage Stamp

Sioux Nation

Sitting Bull

Crazy Horse


Selected South Dakota Video – Badlands National Park