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South Dakota Map Quiz/Printout

South Dakota Outline Map Printout
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South Dakota
Facts, Map and State Symbols

South Dakota Flag Printout/Quiz

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South Dakota was the 40th state in the USA; it became a state on November 2, 1889.

State Abbreviation - SD
State Capital - Pierre
Largest City - Sioux Falls
Area - 77,121 square miles [South Dakota is the 17th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 844,877 (as of 2013) [South Dakota is the 46th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - South Dakotans



Major Rivers - Cheyenne River, Missouri River, James River, White River
Major Lakes - Lake Oahe, Lake Francis Case, Lewis and Clark Lake
Highest Point - Harney Peak - 7,242 feet (2,207 m) above sea level
Lowest Point - Big Stone Lake - 962 feet (29.5 m) above sea level
Number of Counties - 64
Bordering States - Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming

Origin of the Name South Dakota - Dakota was what the Sioux Indians called themselves.
State Nickname - Mount Rushmore State
State Motto - "Under God the people rule"
State Song - Hail, South Dakota

Dinosaur Fossils Found in South Dakota - Anatotitan, Camptosaurus, Denversaurus, Edmontosaurus, Hoplitosaurus, Iguanodon, Nanotyrannus, Pachycephalosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Thespesius, Torosaurus, Triceratops (state fossil), Tyrannosaurus

South Dakota State Symbols and Emblems:
State Flag

South Dakota's official flag was adopted in 1963. The flag is sky blue with state seal in the center (surrounded by yellow rays are the words, "South Dakota" and "The Mount Rushmore State"). South Dakota's state seal pictures a farmer plowing a field, a river, forests, mountains, a steamboat, and the motto, "Under God the People Rule."

South Dakota's original flag (adopted in 1909) had an image of the sun on the front and the state's seal on the back. In 1963, the state's seal and the sun's rays were both placed on the front of the flag (with nothing on the back of the flag). In 1992 the old motto, "The Sunshine State," was changed to "The Mount Rushmore State" (this is because Florida is commonly known as the Sunshine State). The original flag's design was by Senator Ernest May and Doane Robinson, secretary of the State Historical Society. Will Robinson, Doane Robinson's son, redesigned the flag in 1963.

Animal Symbols:
State Bird

Chinese ring-necked pheasant

State Mammal



Coyote

State Fish

Walleye

State Insect



Honey bee

(Apis mellifera)

State Fossil



Triceratops

(A three-horned plant-eating dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period)

Plant Symbols:
State Flower

American pasqueflower
The May day flower

State Tree

Black Hills Spruce

Earth Symbols:
State Mineral

Rose quartz

State Gemstone

Fairburn agate
(First discovered near Fairburn, S.D.)

State Jewelry

Black Hills gold

State Soil

Houdek

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Answer geography questions about South Dakota using the map on this quiz.
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Label the major features of South Dakota.
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