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South Dakota State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


The State of South Dakota. South Dakota Codified Laws. Pierre: State of South Dakota. Web. 26 Jul 2011. <http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/TitleList.aspx>.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Animal Coyote (Canis latrans) 1949
Bird Ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus culchicus) 1943
Bread Fry bread 2005
Common language English 1995
Dessert Kuchen 2000
Drink Milk 1986
Fish Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) 1982
Fishing museum The Museum of Wildlife, Science, and Industry, Webster 2004
Flag Find out more... 1963
Floral emblem American pasque flower, May flower (Pulsatilla hirsutissima) 1903
Fossil Triceratops 1988
Gemstone Fairburn agate 1966
Grass Western wheat grass (Agropyron smithii) 1970
Great seal Find out more... 1885
Hall of fame The South Dakota Hall of Fame, Chamberlain 1996
Insect Honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1978
Jewelry Black Hills gold 1988
Mining museum Black Hills Mining Museum in Lead 2014
Mineral stone Rose quartz 1966
Musical instrument Fiddle 1989
Soil Houdek soil 1990
Song "Hail, South Dakota," by Deecort Hammitt 1943
Sport Rodeo 2003
Tree Black Hills spruce (Picea glauca densata) 1947

Making laws in South Dakota

The South Dakota Legislature offers a complete Students Guide to the Legislature to help us understand how the legislature works and how laws are made in South Dakota. More information is offered in a section titled General Information.

Additional Information

South Dakota Facts and Symbols
South Dakota
Facts and Symbols

Kathy Feeney

South Dakota Facts and Symbols, by Kathy Feeney. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major South Dakota symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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