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5 Fun Facts About March 24 In South Dakota History

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1. In 1898, the Black Hills Mineral Palace was opened in Lead, South Dakota. The palace was a massive exhibition hall showcasing the natural resources and industries of the Black Hills region. It featured displays on mining, agriculture, forestry, and more.

2. On March 24, 1920, the South Dakota state capitol building was completed in Pierre. The neoclassical building features a dome modeled after the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

3. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began work on the Sylvan Lake Dam in Custer State Park. The dam was constructed using native stone and helped to create the iconic Sylvan Lake, which is now a popular tourist destination.

4. On March 24, 1958, the O'Gorman High School boys' basketball team won the state championship game against Huron. The game went into double overtime and was won by a final score of 62-59. This was O'Gorman's first state title in basketball.

5. In 1976, South Dakota Governor Richard Kneip signed a bill officially designating the state flower as the Pasque flower. The Pasque flower, also known as the prairie crocus, is a hardy wildflower that blooms early in the spring on the prairies of South Dakota.
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