Friday, October 9, 2015

Covering America – block 41 South Dakota

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Almost at the end!

I’m catching up on these blocks and have been sewing ahead, hoping to get at least the top done before this baby comes!

This week’s block is South Dakota

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Here’s some facts about the state

Nicknames: Mount Rushmore State; Coyote State

Entered Union (rank): Nov. 2, 1889 (40)

Motto: Under God the people rule

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

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless.

The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore the world's greatest mountain carving.

The name "Black Hills" comes from the Lakota words Paha Sapa, which mean "hills that are black". Seen from a distance, these pine-covered hills, rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie, appear black.

The largest underground gold mine is the Homestake Mine in Lead.

Rivers were the highways in settling the western territory. Lewis and Clark named American Creek when they passed through the Chamberlain - Oacoma area while exploring the territory for President Jefferson in 1804.

The world's largest natural, indoor warmwater pool, Evans' Plunge in Hot Springs

again the site I have bookmarked with fun facts, doesn’t show the later states :(

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