Last updated on April 3rd, 2020
27. The ring-necked pheasant is the state bird. It was introduced from China and has adopted well to the area.
28. 120 degrees Fahrenheit is the highest temperature observed in the state on July 15, 2006. And the lowest -58 degree Fahrenheit on February 17, 1936. According to the stats collected in the past, the state is the 39th warmest state in the U.S.
29. At least 13,000 years ago, the first people arrived in what is now South Dakota. And thousands of years later, Native American tribes such as Cheyenne, Ponca, Lakota, Dakota Sioux and Arikara lived on the land.
30. The first Europeans to set foot on the land were the Verendrye brothers, who claimed the land for France in 1743.
31. Dakota means roughly “friendly” or “allies”, it is a native American Sioux word.
32. The western region of the state is home to the Badlands, which is one of the richest fossil beds on Earth. The remains of saber-toothed cats, three-toed horses, and marine animals from an ancient sea have been found here. Badlands National Park covers 244,000 acres.
33. Due to the large number of dinosaur fossils found, the Badlands are often referred to as “the playground” of the dinosaur. The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs is a museum and paleontological site near Hot Springs, SD. This site has the greatest concentration of fossil remains in the world. The site was discovered in June 1974 when the land was being leveled for housing development by heavy equipment operator George Hanson.
34. Millions of American bison lived in the region and then they were hunted in large numbers.
35. The 1939 Nobel Prize for Physics was won by Ernest Lawrence from Canton, South Dakota.
36. Pierre in central South Dakota is one of the country’s smallest state capitals.
37. Almost 90% of the present day population of South Dakota is of Europeans.