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For information on tourism in South Dakota you can contact the State tourist board at:
South Dakota Department of Tourism
711 East Wells Avenue
Pierre SD 57501-3369 Telephone: +1 605 773-3301
Telephone: 1-800-S-DAKOTA (1-800-732-5682) toll-free in USA
Fax: +1 605 773-3256
Prairie House Manor Bed & Breakfast - De Smet A Victorian Bed and Breakfast located in the Little Town on the Prairie De Smet, South Dakota. Families come from all over the world to visit Laura Ingalls Wilder's hometown and we are proud to be a part of that love. We hope as you step on the porch you feel you have walked into the past, summer breezes blowing. The taste and aroma of home-made pies and breads becomes a nostalgic experience.
First Gold Hotel & Gaming - Chinatown The First Gold Hotel is located on the actual site of the first gold discovery in Deadwood Gulch in 1875. It was that discovery that set the wheels of history in motion, and brought such notables as James Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane to the area. Located just blocks from where Wild Bill Hickok was shot while playing his last hand of poker, the First Gold Hotel has plenty to offer. If you're looking for the best variety of slot machines and slot promotions on your trip to Deadwood, South Dakota, look no further!
Villa Theresa Guest House Bed & Breakfast - Hot Springs Built in 1891, this exclusive men's gaming club is now a charming bed and breakfast inn featuring 7 themed guest rooms. Its two-story octagonal great room is topped with a poker room. Guests can relax in any of several common areas. Quiet evenings may be enjoyed on either of the two expansive verandahs offering spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains. A delicious, home-made breakfast is served in the Villa's elegant dining room.
South Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. Once a part of Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. The state has an area of 77,116 square miles (199,730 km2) and an estimated population of just over 800,000. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of nearly 160,000, is South Dakota's largest city.
Much of South Dakota's culture reflects the state's American Indian, rural, Western, and European roots. A number of annual events celebrating the state's ethnic and historical heritage take place around the state, such as Days of '76 in Deadwood, Czech Days in Tabor, and the annual St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo festivities in Sioux Falls. Many pow wows are held yearly throughout the state, and Custer State Park's Buffalo Roundup, in which volunteers on horseback gather the park's herd of around 1,500 bison, is a popular annual event.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose semi-autobiographical books center around her experiences as a child and young adult on the frontier, is one of South Dakota's best-known writers. She used her experiences growing up on a homestead near De Smet as the basis for four of her novels: By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years", and The First Four Years. Wilder's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, a well-known writer in her own right, was born near De Smet in 1886. Another literary figure from the state is Black Elk, whose narration of the Indian Wars and Ghost Dance movement and thoughts on Native American religion forms the basis of the book Black Elk Speaks. The award-winning children's book author and illustrator Paul Goble has been based in the Black Hills since 1977.
South Dakota has also produced several notable artists. Harvey Dunn grew up on a homestead near Manchester in the late 19th century. While most of his career was spent as an illustrator, Dunn's most famous works, showing various scenes of frontier life, were completed near the end of his career. Oscar Howe was born on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation and won fame for his watercolor paintings. Howe was one of the first Native American painters to produce works heavily influenced by abstraction, as opposed to ones relying on more traditional styles. Terry Redlin, originally from Watertown, is an accomplished painter of rural and wildlife scenes. Many of Redlin's works are on display at the Redlin Art Center in Watertown.
Cities and towns
Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota, with an estimated 2009 population of 158,008, and a metropolitan area population of 238,122. The city, founded in 1856, is located in the southeast corner of the state. Retail, finance and healthcare have assumed greater importance in Sioux Falls, where the economy was originally centered on agri-business and quarrying.
Rapid City, with a 2009 estimated population of 67,107, and a metropolitan area population of 124,766, is the second-largest city in the state. It is located on the eastern edge of the Black Hills, and was founded in 1876. Rapid City's economy is largely based on tourism and defense spending, because of the close proximity of many tourist attractions in the Black Hills and Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Aberdeen is the third largest city in South Dakota, with an estimated population of 24,992, and a micropolitan area population of 39,139. Located in the northeast corner of the state, it was founded in 1881 during the expansion of the Milwaukee Railroad.
The next seven largest cities in the state, in order of descending 2009 population, are Watertown (20,350), Brookings (20,184), Mitchell (14,747), Pierre (14,072), Yankton (13,866), Huron (11,281), and Vermillion (10,417). Pierre is the state capital, and Brookings and Vermillion are the locations of the state's two largest universities. Of the ten largest cities in the state, only Rapid City is located west of the Missouri River.
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