On April 26, National South Dakota Day recognizes the 40th state to join the union.

The Mount Rushmore State keeps its doors open all year round. After exploring the mountain, visitors can also enjoy Thomas Jefferson‘s vanilla ice cream while gazing at his likeness. And these sculptures are not the only ones South Dakota proudly displays, either. While there are several man-made displays, Wind Cave, the Missouri River, and the badlands remind us that mother nature still carves out her own.

As part of the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark established Fort Pierre in 1804. Yankton was named the territorial capital in 1861 when the Dakota Territory was organized. However, Pierre would later be named the state capital when South Dakota is granted statehood in 1889 along with North Dakota.

What's Great about South Dakota? (Our Great States) Paperback – January 1, 2015

by Mary Meinking  (Author)
What’s Great about South Dakota? (Our Great States)

by Mary Meinking  (Author)

The Black Hills of South Dakota hold tall tales, high trails, and deep valleys. From Deadwood to Sturgis and all points in between, the winding roads are breathtaking. Visit Spearfish Canyon for a hike or a relaxing drive.
Split Rock Creek north of Sioux Falls provides rock faces for climbers looking for a challenge. After the test, relax by the rushing waters of Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Simply Beautiful Hardcover – September 1, 2003  by J. C. Leacock (Author)
South Dakota Simply Beautiful

by J. C. Leacock (Author)

The entire state is rich in history from corner to corner. The landscape changes dramatically from north to south with plenty of snow for skiers in winter and tons of sunshine in the summer.

This is also where the term black hills gold comes from. It refers to some of the original mining in this area. Most of us know it as jewelry made with yellow, rose and green golds.

Black Hills Gold
Womens 10k Black Hills Gold Rose Ring

There are some great movies out there that feature Mount Rushmore. Some of my favorites: North by Northwest starring Cary Grant and National Treasure 2 with Nickolas Cage.  These are great picks for that upcoming movie night!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSouthDakotaDay

Take in the fantastic sculptures, breathtaking vistas, and legendary personalities. Share where you explore and use #NationalSouthDakotaDay to post on social media.

Hidden Treasures

Wall Drug – Wall

Mammoth Site – Hot Springs

Sioux Falls Michelangelos – Sioux Falls

World’s Largest Pheasant – Huron

Corn Palace – Mitchell

Shakespeare Garden – Wessington Springs

Crazy Horse – Oglala chief – (c.1840 -September 5, 1877)Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy Hardcover – September 6, 2016  by The Edward Clown Family (Author), William Matson (Narrator)  Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy Hardcover – September 6, 2016

by The Edward Clown Family (Author), William Matson (Narrator)

Sitting Bull – Hunkpappa Sioux chief – (c. 1831 – December 15, 1890)


Ward L. Lambert – Basketball coach – (May 28, 1888 – January 20, 1958)


Ernest Orlando Lawrence – Physicist – (August 8, 1901 – August 27, 1958)

An American Genius: The Life of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, Father of the Cyclotron Hardcover – January 1, 1968  by Herbert Childs (Author)
An American Genius: The Life of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, Father of the Cyclotron

by Herbert Childs (Author)

Myron Floren – Accordionist – (November 5, 1919 – July 23, 2005)

Myron Floren - 24 Polkas Greatest Hits  Myron Floren  
Myron Floren – 24 Polkas Greatest Hits

Myron Floren  

Joseph Hansen – Author – (July 19, 1923 – November 24, 2004)

The Complete Brandstetter: All 12 Novels in the Dave Brandstetter Series Paperback – January 1, 2007  by Joseph Hansen  (Author)
The Complete Brandstetter: All 12 Novels in the Dave Brandstetter Series

by Joseph Hansen  (Author)

Jess Thomas-Opera singer – (August 4, 1927 – October 11, 1993)

Wagner: Lohengrin  Box Set, Import  Jess Thomas (Artist), Elisabeth Grümmer (Artist), & 7 more  Format: Audio CD
Wagner: Lohengrin

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Jess Thomas (Artist), Elisabeth Grümmer (Artist), & 7 more

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn – Author – (November 17, 1930 -)

Why I Can't Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice Paperback – September 1, 1996  by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn  (Author)
Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays: A Tribal Voice

by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn  (Author)

Sparky Anderson – Baseball Manager – (February 22, 1934 – November 4, 1934)

Sparky and George: The Unlikely Patron Saint of Baseball Paperback – October 12, 2016  by Carl Paul Maggio  (Author)
Sparky and George: The Unlikely Patron Saint of Baseball Paperback – October 12, 2016

by Carl Paul Maggio  (Author)

Tom Brokaw – Newscaster – (February 6, 1940-)

The Greatest Generation Collection by Tom Brokaw (2004-09-28) Hardcover – May 11, 2004  by -Random House- (Author)
The Greatest Generation Collection by Tom Brokaw (2004-09-28) 

by -Random House- (Author)
The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America Kindle Edition  by Tom Brokaw  (Author) 
The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America

by Tom Brokaw  (Author) 

Marlo Anderson – Businessman – (October 23, 1962-)

2020 Every Day's A Holiday Wall Calendar Calendar – June 17, 2019  by TF Publishing  (Author
2020 Every Day’s A Holiday Wall Calendar Calendar – June 17, 2019

by TF Publishing  (Author

January Jones – Actress – (January 5, 1978 – )

Mad Men: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray + Digital HD]  Box Set  Jon Hamm (Actor), Elisabeth Moss (Actor), & 2 more
Mad Men: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray + Digital HD]

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Chad Greenway – Football player – (January 12, 1983 -)Viking Nation - The New Purple People Eaters  Viking Nation – The New Purple People Eaters

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