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South Dakota

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Ratification or Admission:  November 2, 1889 (40th)
Present Constitution Adopted:  1889
State Abbreviation:  SD
State Capital:  Pierre
Largest City - Population:  Sioux Falls
Origin of the Name:  From the Dakota Indian word for “friends”or “allies”
State Motto:  “Under God the people rule”
State Nickname:  Mount Rushmore State
State Song:  “Hail, South Dakota” | Words by: Deecort Hammitt | Music by: Deecort Hammitt
State Animal:  Coyote
State Bird:  Ring-Necked Pheasant
State Fish:  Walleye
State Flower:  American Pasque
State Fruit:  None
State Gemstone:  Fairburn Agate
State Insect:  Honey Bee
State Mineral:  Rose quartz
State Tree:  Black Hills Spruce
State Flag:  The 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.


cattle, corn, eggs, hay, milk, oats, rye, sheep, soybeans, wheat, wool.

clay, gold, sand, stone.

electronics, food processing, lumber, machinery, printing and publishing.

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