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South Dakota State Capitol Building in Pierre, South Dakota

South Dakota was inhabited by the Sioux Indians plus French and European settlers before the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804. It then became part of the Dakota Territory in 1861 and the 40th state on November 2, 1889. 21 years later, the state capitol was finished in Pierre. It closely resembles Montana’s capitol with […]

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South Dakota Capitol Rotunda Dome in Pierre, South Dakota

The eye travels 96 feet from the glass and tile rotunda floor to the top of the South Dakota Capitol dome in Pierre. Edward Simmons painted four pendentives (dome arches) like he had for the Minnesota Capitol five years before. The south one in the upper left is called “Motherhood.” The other shows goddess Minerva […]

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Strutting Gold Campine Chicken in Pierre, South Dakota

Belgium is the origin for two, nearly identical breeds of chicken: the braekel and the campine. The former is rare. However, this gold campine hen is a good producer of white eggs and is frequently raised for shows. The gold neck and head gives this five-pound chicken a distinguished look as it strutted around a […]