Background: Mount Rushmore Monument as seen from the viewing plaza. Photo by Dean Franklin

Discovering and Moving to South Dakota

Moving to South Dakota

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of South Dakota

South Dakota is rich with early settler, fur trader and Native American history. Keep in mind, when you are told of rock stars located in the state near Mount Rushmore, people are more than likely discussing the likenesses of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. And those are not the only historic memories carved into the hillsides of South Dakota. Only few miles away from Mount Rushmore you'll find the the Memorial of Crazy Horse which has been undergoing construction since 1948.within the Black Hills, Although no completion date has been set, it might well be the largest sculpture in the world when completed.

When relocating to South Dakota, there's many interesting towns and cities which you could call home. There’s Rapid City, the biggest and fastest expanding city, Sioux Falls, the capitol of the state; Brookings and Aberdeen, both college towns. In addition you might consider Mitchell, with the famed Corn Palace; Watertown, a regional retail and manufacturing hub; and Yankton,, Pierre, Huron and Vermillion.

Exploration of this area began in 1743 when Louis-Joseph and François Verendrye came from France in search of a route to the Pacific.

The U.S. acquired the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and it was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804–1806. Fort Pierre, the first permanent settlement, was established in 1817.

Settlement of South Dakota did not begin in earnest until the arrival of the railroad in 1873 and the discovery of gold in the Black Hills in 1874.


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    South Dakota Colleges. The Board of Regents in South Dakota, whose members are appointed by the governor, controls the state's six public universities. The South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings is the state's largest university with a total of 12,831 participants. The University of South Dakota (USD), in Vermillion, is the state's oldest university and has South Dakota's only law school and medical faculty. South Dakota also has several private universities, the largest being Augustana College in Sioux Falls.


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    Because of its low population, South Dakota does not host any major league professional sports franchises. The state has minor league and independent league teams, all of which play in Sioux Falls or Rapid City. Sioux Falls is home to four teams: the Sioux Falls Canaries (baseball), the Sioux Falls Skyforce (basketball), the Sioux Falls Stampede (hockey), and the Sioux Falls Storm (indoor American football). The Canaries play in the American Association, and their home field is Sioux Falls Stadium. The Skyforce play in the NBA G League, and are owned by the NBA's Miami Heat.

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    South Dakota Airports. South Dakota's largest commercial airports are Sioux Falls Regional Airport and Rapid City Regional Airport. Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Airlines, as well as commuter airlines that are affiliated with major airlines, serve the two largest airports. Several other cities in the state also have commercial air services: Aberdeen Regional Airport, Huron Regional Airport, Pierre Regional Airport, Brookings Regional Airport and Watertown Regional Airport, some of which are subsidized by the Essential Air Service program

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