About South Dakota
Prairie grasslands cover South Dakota from east to west, broken by the Missouri River flowing north to south through the center of the state. In the southwest corner of the state, the prairie is broken by the gullies and hills of Badlands National Park, and then end at the feet of the Black Hills. Being in actuality an outlier of the Rocky Mountains, the Black Hills rise 4,000 feet above the surrounding prairie, and are covered by dark green forests and capped by rocky outcroppings of rocks.
The Black Hills became a popular vacation spot in the 1940s, due to the attention drawn to the area by the completion of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the famous sculpture memorializing four important U. S. presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. This, along with many other recreational opportunities, draw millions of visitors to the Black Hills each year.
South Dakota became the 40th state of the union on November 2, 1889. It covers 75,885 square miles and the population, as of 2000 is 754,844. The state capitol is at Pierre.
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