Posted by: RasmaSandra | November 7, 2020

Exploring Pierre and Traveling About South Dakota

The capital city of South Dakota, Pierre is the second-least populous state capital in the U.S.

Built between 1905 and 1910 the South Dakota State Capitol was constructed of native stone, Indiana limestone, and Vermont and Italian marble. Sixty-six Italian artists laid the terrazzo tile flooring. Walking up the marble staircase you come to a display of miniature gowns that have been worn by each First Lade at the Inaugural Balls.

On the second level the open rotunda is 96-foot high and is decorated with the sixteen images of the Tree of Life, acanthus leaves, and the South Dakota state flower, the pasque flower. On the third floor is the House of Representatives and the Senate. Visitors enjoy seeing the four memorials on the grounds of the building.

LaFramboise Island Nature Area is on a picturesque island that is located along the Missouri River. The is lush greenery and many different kinds of birds and wildlife.

Towards the western part of the island you’ll find the fort built by Joseph LaFrambroise. There are beautiful nature trails shaded by such trees as Russian olive, cedar, ash, and native cottonwood trees. For those who enjoy fishing there is the fishing dock and a boat ramp. You can take along a picnic and enjoy it in the great outdoors.

Oahe Dam lies along the Missouri River to the north of Pierre. The dam helped to create Lake Oahe. This project offers irrigation, flood control, and a source of electricity. Oahe Dam was dedicated by the 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy when production of electricity began. Visitors will find about 51 recreational areas around the dam.

The Fighting Stallion Memorial commemorates the death of eight citizens of South Dakota who died in a plane crash on April 19, 1993 while on a state mission.

The sculpture is made of bronze and depicts two stallions fighting. The sculpture stands on an artificial hill with eight plaques that honor the fallen heroes.

On the shores of the Capitol Lake you’ll find the Flaming Fountain Memorial. This is dedicated to the local South Dakotans who fought during the war.

The stone memorial has a fountain and a waterfall with an eagle statue honoring the members of the great Sioux Nations who last their live’s in the country’s modern war, In the past flames would rise above the water, The flames would begin a dance above the water when gas was directed into the memorial.


The Fort Pierre Chouteau Site is a tribute to the relationship between Native Americans and Euro-Americans. It was established in 1832 and became a trading center where the locals and travelers could purchase furs. The U.S. government bought the fort in 1855 and turned it into a military installation, In recent years that fort has dilapidated. Excavations at the fort have turned up many Native American artifacts.

Traveling About South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Monument is a very well-known and historical monument. It has become a major tourist attraction. Visitors enjoy seeding the carved heads of four U.S. presidents into the side of the mountain – Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. The work on the carvings was begun in 1927 and completed in 1991. In the evenings the monument is illuminated and accompanied by a patriotic ceremony.

You’ll find the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center on a terrace overlooking the monument. To get a closer look at the monument just follow the Presidential Trail.

Badlands National Park offers a dramatic landscape and is formed by hills and pinnacles. You can see large heard of bison roaming in the park.

The Badlands Loop Road take you from the northwestern Pinnacles Entrance to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.

You can see ragged rock formations

and the Buffalo Gap National Grassland which is one of the remaining intact prairie landscapes in North America.

In Badlands National Park…American Bison (Bison bison)

There are marked hiking trails and you can get maps at visitor centers.

Custer State Park is one of the best state and national parks in South Dakota.

You’ll see large herds of bison roaming around. Impressive granite peaks loom over forests, lakes, and streams.

There are scenic drives to take such as the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road. There are trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, One of the most beautiful routs is the Sylvan Lake Shore Trail.

Wind Cave National Park is just north of Hot Springs. It is home to a huge karstic cave system.

The cave has a unusual and delicate cave structure referred to as “boxwork”. You can explore the cave taking a guided tour. You can go underground

and if you prefer also explore the area above ground with lovely rolling hills and bison.

Spearfish Canyon is a lovely natural area with many ponderosa and spruce pine trees, There are dramatic cliff walls and waterfalls.

Among the popular roadside attractions are Bridal Veil

and the Rough Lock Falls. There is also the Spearfish Peak and Little Crow Peak. This area is especially colorful during the autumn. Just north of Spearfish is the geographical center of the U.S.

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