Key Ring Representing South Dakota
South Dakota is known as the Mount Rushmore state because of the shrine to democracy that displays the faces of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. This is perhaps the world’s greatest mountain carving and took 14 years beginning in 1927. It cost $1 million but is now priceless.
South Dakota Attractions & Fun Facts:
- The biggest attraction in this area is Custer State Park which is home to about 1500 Bison (1500X2000 pounds each). The Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota tribes made up the Sioux Nation and lived in the South Dakota Territory and relied on bison, or tatanka, for shelter, clothing, and food.
- Soon to be the world’s largest sculpture is the Crazy Horse mountain carving (563 ft. high and 641 ft. long).
- Bikers’ will want to visit Sturgis for the Black Hills Classic Motorcycle Rally which is held annually. Incidentally the name black hills comes from the Indian words Paha Sapa which means “the hills that are black” because these pine covered hills appear black from a distance.
- The largest concentration of Columbian and Woolly Mammoth bones are at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and this National Natural Landmark is the only site where the bones were left in their primary context in the whole world.
- Badlands National Park also contains Oligocene epoch fossil beds which are approximately 23 to 35 million years old.
- More than 250 rare automobiles, such as the Edsel and Tucker, are in Murdo at the Pioneer Auto Museum.
- The Homestake Mine in Lead is the largest underground gold mine.
- The final resting place of our Nation’s Veterans is at Black Hills National Cemetery. It’s known as the Arlington of the West.
- The only structure in the Midwestern United States that features a thatched roof is a cottage that was styled after Anne Hathaway’s home in England. It’s known as the Anne Hathaway Cottage of Wessington Springs.
- The Potato Capital of South Dakota is in Clark. It’s here that the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling contest is held.
- Famous people from South Dakota include Sioux leaders Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, newscaster Tom Brokaw, actress Cheryl Ladd, football player Norm Von Brocklin,.
To commemorate these sites and fun facts you’ll want to purchase a keyring online at World-Wide-Gifts along with other Memorabilia.
South Dakota’s State Symbols as Souvenirs
In the left foreground of South Dakota’s state seal is a smelting furnace and other portraits of mining work. To the right is a farmer with his plow and behind him is a herd of cattle, a field of corn, and a range of hills to the left of these. Between these two parts is a river bearing a steamboat. At the top of the seal is the state’s motto “Under God the people rule.”
On the state flag the blazing sun surrounds the state seal against a sky blue field. Arranged in a circle around the sun is lettering that reads “South Dakota, the Mount Rushmore State.” The symbols of the great seal and state flag are depicted on an acrylic key chain that can be purchased at internet store World-Wide-Gifts.