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History of South Dakota, USA

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The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore the world's greatest mountain carving.

South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation.

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  • 1803 - U. S. acquired South Dakota from France in Louisiana Purchase


  • 1804 - Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived in South Dakota

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm

  • 1832 - Perhaps the most significant fur trade/military fort on the western American frontier, Fort Pierre Chouteau was the largest (almost 300' square) and best equipped trading post in the northern Great Plains.
    Built in 1832 by John Jacob Astor's (1763-1848) American Fur Company as part of its expansion into the Upper Missouri region, the trading activities...Read MORE...


  • 1863 - First homestead filed in Dakota Territory

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm

  • 1874 - Gold was discovered in Black Hills; gold rush began

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm

  • News 1879 - September 25 – Fire in Deadwood, South Dakota: Two thousand people left homeless; three hundred buildings destroyed. Total loss of property is estimated at $3 million.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 25, 1879

  • News 1889 - Prairie fires had on the 4th completely wiped out three towns in South Dakota, and hundreds of farm-houses had been destroyed,
    also barns, with all their contents, and many persons were homeless and entirely destitute. The losses were placed at $2,000,000. Several lives were...Read MORE...


  • 1889 - South Dakota admitted into the Union as 40th state


  • 1890 - December 29 - Wounded Knee Massacre occurred - 7th Cavalry killed more than 250 Lakota men, women and children; Sitting Bull killed at Little Eagle; Indian wars ended

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm
    December 29, 1890

  • 1895 - South Dakota
    South Dako'ta, a northwestern state of the American Union, bounded N, by North Dakota, from which it is separated by the seventh standard parallel,...Read MORE...


  •  South Dakota, USA
    Hangmans Hill, Rapid City, Black Hills, South Dakota
    Postcard
  •  South Dakota, USA

    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  •  South Dakota, USA
    Mt. Matterhorn, Bad Lands.
    Postcard
  •  South Dakota, USA
    John Morrell & Co., Packing Plant, Sioux Falls, S.D.
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  • 1924 - The Meridian Bridge built in 1924 was the first structure built across the Missouri River in South Dakota.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ south-dakota.html

  • News 1930 - July 4 – The dedication of George Washington's sculpted head is held at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 4, 1930

  • News 1933 - November 11 – Dust Bowl: In South Dakota, a very strong dust storm strips topsoil from desiccated farmlands

    www.wikipedia.org
    November 11, 1933

  • News 1936 - August 30 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt attends the dedication of Thomas Jefferson's head at Mount Rushmore.

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 30, 1936

  • February 17, 1936 - The temperature at McIntosh SD plunged to 58 degrees below zero to establish a state record.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • News 1937 - September 17 – Abraham Lincoln's head is dedicated at Mount Rushmore

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 17, 1937

  • News 1939 - July 2 – Theodore Roosevelt's head is dedicated at Mount Rushmore.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 2, 1939

  • 1941 - Mount Rushmore National Monument completed

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm

  • News January 22, 1943 - Chinook winds during the early morning hours caused the temperature at Spearfish SD to rise from 4 below zero to 45 above in just two minutes, the most dramatic temperature rise in world weather records.
    An hour and a half later the mercury plunged from 54 above to 4 below zero in twenty-seven minutes.
    WeatherForYou.com
    January 22, 1943

  • January 20, 1943 - Strange vertical antics took place in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    While the temperature at Deadwood was a frigid 16 degrees below zero, the town of Lead, just a mile and a half away, but 600 feet higher in...Read MORE...


  • 1948 - Korcak Ziolkowski began work on Crazy Horse Mountain

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm

  • 1953 - Sitting Bull's grave sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Mobridge, South Dakota.
    In 1953 under the cover of darkness, a group of South Dakotans snuck into North Dakota, exhumed his bones (with his relatives' permission) and...Read MORE...


  • January 6, 1962 - Snow storm
    Snow, strong winds, and sub-zero temperatures along with near blizzard conditions caused hazardous driving conditions across the area from the 6th...Read MORE...




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Hangmans Hill, Rapid City, Black Hills, South Dakota
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

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Mt. Matterhorn, Bad Lands.
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John Morrell & Co., Packing Plant, Sioux Falls, S.D.
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  • 1803 - U. S. acquired South Dakota from France in Louisiana Purchase
  • 1804 - Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived in South Dakota

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm
  • 1832 - Perhaps the most significant fur trade/military fort on the western American frontier, Fort Pierre Chouteau was the largest (almost 300' square) and best equipped trading post in the northern Great Plains.
    Built in 1832 by John Jacob Astor's (1763-1848) American Fur Company as part of its expansion into the Upper Missouri region, the trading activities... Read MORE...

  • 1863 - First homestead filed in Dakota Territory

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm
  • 1874 - Gold was discovered in Black Hills; gold rush began

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm
  • News  1879 - September 25 – Fire in Deadwood, South Dakota: Two thousand people left homeless; three hundred buildings destroyed. Total loss of property is estimated at $3 million.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 25, 1879
  • 1889 - South Dakota admitted into the Union as 40th state
  • News  1889 - Prairie fires had on the 4th completely wiped out three towns in South Dakota, and hundreds of farm-houses had been destroyed,
    also barns, with all their contents, and many persons were homeless and entirely destitute. The losses were placed at $2,000,000. Several lives were... Read MORE...

  • 1890 - December 29 - Wounded Knee Massacre occurred - 7th Cavalry killed more than 250 Lakota men, women and children; Sitting Bull killed at Little Eagle; Indian wars ended

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm
    December 29, 1890
  • 1895 - South Dakota
    South Dako'ta, a northwestern state of the American Union, bounded N, by North Dakota, from which it is separated by the seventh standard parallel,... Read MORE...

  • 1924 - The Meridian Bridge built in 1924 was the first structure built across the Missouri River in South Dakota.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ south-dakota.html
  • News  1930 - July 4 – The dedication of George Washington's sculpted head is held at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 4, 1930
  • News  1933 - November 11 – Dust Bowl: In South Dakota, a very strong dust storm strips topsoil from desiccated farmlands

    www.wikipedia.org
    November 11, 1933
  • February 17, 1936 - The temperature at McIntosh SD plunged to 58 degrees below zero to establish a state record.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • News  1936 - August 30 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt attends the dedication of Thomas Jefferson's head at Mount Rushmore.

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 30, 1936
  • News  1937 - September 17 – Abraham Lincoln's head is dedicated at Mount Rushmore

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 17, 1937
  • News  1939 - July 2 – Theodore Roosevelt's head is dedicated at Mount Rushmore.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 2, 1939
  • 1941 - Mount Rushmore National Monument completed

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm
  • January 20, 1943 - Strange vertical antics took place in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    While the temperature at Deadwood was a frigid 16 degrees below zero, the town of Lead, just a mile and a half away, but 600 feet higher in... Read MORE...

  • News  January 22, 1943 - Chinook winds during the early morning hours caused the temperature at Spearfish SD to rise from 4 below zero to 45 above in just two minutes, the most dramatic temperature rise in world weather records.
    An hour and a half later the mercury plunged from 54 above to 4 below zero in twenty-seven minutes.
    WeatherForYou.com
    January 22, 1943
  • 1948 - Korcak Ziolkowski began work on Crazy Horse Mountain

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sdtimeln.htm
  • 1953 - Sitting Bull's grave sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Mobridge, South Dakota.
    In 1953 under the cover of darkness, a group of South Dakotans snuck into North Dakota, exhumed his bones (with his relatives' permission) and... Read MORE...

  • January 6, 1962 - Snow storm
    Snow, strong winds, and sub-zero temperatures along with near blizzard conditions caused hazardous driving conditions across the area from the 6th... Read MORE...

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