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Interesting Facts about South Dakota

Here's a list of South Dakota state facts that will help you understand some of the interesting details about this state. Let's get started!

1. Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, started drilling in 1927 and it took him 14 years and only a 1 million to finish the project.

2. Jack McCall is buried in an unmarked grave at the Yankton cemetery. He was tried and hanged two miles north from there in 1877 for the shooting of Wild Bill Hickok.

3. Tom Brokaw of NBC fame graduated from Yankton High School and the University of South Dakota.

4. Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the United States. It was designated in 1959 and has an official marker placed on it.

5. The tallest water tower in South Dakota is located in Bowdie.

6. Clark is not only the Potato Capital of South Dakota, but it is also known for the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling contest.

7. The area that would become South Dakota was purchased by Thomas Jefferson as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

8. South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota tribes which make up the Siox Nation.

9. Custer State Park is home to 1,500 free-roaming bison, each of which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

10. The Badlands National Park houses the richest deposit of Oligocene epoch fossil beds which are between 23 and 35 million years old.

11. The most endangered animal in North America, the black-footed ferret, was reintroduced into the Sage Creek Wilderness.

12. The highest point east of the Rockies is Harney Peak which is 7242 feet above sea level.

13. The Black Hills Classic Motorcycle Rally is located in Sturgis.

14. The only Corn Palace in the world is located in Mitchell.

15. The Flaming Fountain on South Dakota State Capitol Lake is connected to an artesian well that has natural gas contents so high that it can be lit. The fountain is meant to be a memorial to all veterans.

16. The Homestake Mine in Lead is the largest underground gold mine.

17. Black Hills National Cemetery is known as "The Arlington of the West." It is a resting place for U.S. veterans.

18. The largest university of South Dakota State University with 8,100 students and almost 2,000 people on staff.

19. The original capital of the Dakota Territory was Yankton.

20. The U.S.S South Dakota was the most decorated battleship when it fought in World War II.

These South Dakota state facts outline what makes the state's history and geography, among other things, so unique.

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