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Great faces. Great places. South Dakota…

South Dakota’s nickname is the Mount Rushmore State. In 1927, Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it’s now deemed priceless. Mount Rushmore is the world’s greatest mountain carving and includes great faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

Ranking number 11 in our United States of Energy series, in residential electricity prices averaging $8.97 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, hydroelectric and natural gas with coal and natural gas as a primary source for emissions. South Dakota is among the nation’s leading producers of ethanol.  South Dakota consumes more electricity generated from hydroelectric power than from any other source.

Did you know? Badlands National Park contains the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.

There are many fossil sites in South Dakota. In fact, Faith is famous to paleontologists for several Hadrosaur, Edmontosaurus annectens being excavated on a ranch north of Faith and one of the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex was excavated nearby. The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs contains the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoth bones discovered in their primary context in the world. This National Natural Landmark is the only site with a  “bones left as found “display of fossil mammoths in America.

Have you spotted any fossils during your visit to South Dakota?

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