Entered the Union: Nov. 2, 1889
As the 40th state
Motto: Under God the people rule
Nickname: Mount Rushmore State; Coyote State
Flower: American pasqueflower
Bird: Ring-necked pheasant
Song: Hail! South Dakota
Sports Teams: None.
Origin of Name: From the Sioux tribe, meaning allies.
Major Industries: Agriculture (grains and cattle, dairy and hogs), tourism, and the manufacturing of food and related products.
Historical Sites: Mt. Rushmore is famous for the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Points of Interest: The World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell; The city of Deadwood where Wild Bill Hickok was killed in 1876 and where gambling was recently legalized to truly recapture the city's Old West flavor.
Bordering States: North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.