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South Dakota mapAcquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, South Dakota saw its first permanent at Fort Pierre in 1817.

In 1873, the Dakota Southern Railroad helped increase settlement of the region along with, a year later, the discovery of gold in the Black Hills which brought prospectors streaming into the territory.

Today, the Black Hills are more famous for Mount Rushmore in which the likenesses of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt were carved by Gutzon Borglum beginning in 1927.

Other tourist attractions include the Badlands, the Crazy Horse Memorial and the real city of Deadwood, the history of which became the subject of a popular HBO television series.

Mount Rushmore


More about South Dakota travel around the Web:

South Dakota Tourism - Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park Deadwood, and other historical & cultural attractions plus information on outdoor recreation, pictures, event calendar.

Black Hills & Badlands Vacation Guide - What else to do after you've seen Mount Rushmore, including guides to the areas national parks, scenic drives, waterfalls, wildlife, recreational trails and trout fishing.

Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce - The capital city with information on its historical attractions, hotels & restaurants, nightlife, boating & swimming facilities, pictures, downloadable city map.

Welcome to Sioux Falls, SD - Recreational & historical attractions, hotel & restaurant guide, event calendar, pictures, maps.

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