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South Dakota is named after Dakota, a tribe of Sioux Indians who lived in the region for centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Dakota is a Sioux Indian word that translates to "friend"
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South Dakota and Montana are the only states in the United States sharing a land border which is not traversed by a paved road.


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South Dakota's capital city (Pierre) is one of the only four state capitals not directly served by the interstate highway system (others are Juneau, Alaska, Dover, Delaware and Jefferson City, Missouri)
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Pierre was chosen as the state capital in 1889 as Pierre received more votes than the runner-up, the city of Mitchell, in a state-wide referendum
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Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore, the world's greatest mountain carving.
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Conceived by Oglala Lakota chief and statesman Henry Standing Bear, Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest Mountain Carving in progress. Polish-American sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski worked on the sculpture from 1947 until his death in 1982. Crazy Horse Memorial honors the famed chief of the Oglala Lakota Native American tribe, Crazy Horse. When completed, itwould become the world’s largest and tallest sculpture.

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The Flaming Fountain on South Dakota State Capitol Lake is fed by an artesian well with natural gas content so high that it can be lit. The fountain glows perpetually as a memorial to all veterans.
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The Jewel Cave in Custer County, South Dakota, is the second largest cave system in the United States, and third largest in the world. The crystal-rich caverns span 1,273 acres and consist of over 166 miles of charted passageways.
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The largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil in the world was discovered by Sue Hendrickson in the hills of South Dakota. Housed in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the fossil was named Sue in Sue Hendrickson’s honor.
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Wall Drug Store in Wall, South Dakota is the largest drug store in the world.
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South Dakota is the only state whose name does not share a single letter with that of its capital (Pierre)