South Dakota State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
South Dakota Symbols, South Dakota Emblems, and South Dakota Mascots
Browse the state's symbols; state animal, state bird, state flower, state flag, state fossil, state insect, state motto, state seal, state tree, color, dance, fish, mammal, music, nut, reptile seal, and miscellaneous designations, emblems, and mascot of each state with pictures. Find origin of the state name. View the state almanacs, state timelines and peruse state facts and stats such as the capitol, location, and date admitted to the union.
The Mount Rushmore State
South Dakota Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
|Animal||Coyote (Canis latrans) March 5, 1949|
|Bird||Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus culchicus) February 13, 1943|
|Dessert||Kuchen (Apple Kuchen) March 14, 2000|
|Drink||Milk (lac vaccum) 1983|
|Fish||Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) Februaary 1982|
|Flag||State Flag, 1963|
|Floral emblem||Pasque, May Day Flower (pulsatilla hirsutissima) with the motto "I Lead." March 5, 1903; 1919|
|Gemstone||Fairborn Agate, February 11, 1966|
|Grass||Western wheat grass (agropyron smithii) February 18, 1970|
|Greeting||"How, Kola" (Hello, Friend) South Dakota is the land of the famous Sioux or Dacotah Indians. Dakota Territory and later South Dakotans were named for the tribe. Their greeting, "How Kola!" means "Hello, Friend." We extend that greeting to you and with it a warm invitation to visit and enjoy the many scenic and recreational attractions that you'll find across South Dakota.|
|Hall of Fame||The South Dakota Hall of Fame - Chamberlain, SD, 1996|
|Insect||Honeybee (Apis Mellifera L.) February 23, 1978|
|Jewelry||Black Hills Gold, March 3, 1988|
|Mineral||Rose Quartz, 1966|
|Motto||"Under God the people rule" The South Dakota state motto is "Under God the People Rule" and can be found on the state seal.|
|Musical Instrument||Fiddle, 1989|
|Seal||Great Seal, 1885|
|Slogan||"Great Faces. Great Places." The state slogan -- "Great Faces. Great Places." -- was introduced in 1990. It refers to the famous faces of Mount Rushmore and all the other interesting people and places across South Dakota. The slogan is seen on license places, promotional materials and some road signs.|
|Soil||Houdek soil (fine-loamy, mixed, mesic typic argiustolls) 1990|
|Song||"Hail, South Dakota" 1943
Words and Music by Deecort Hammitt
|Tree||Black Hills Spruce (Picea glauca densata) 1947|
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