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5 Fun Facts About May 31 In South Dakota History

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1. Statehood Day: May 31, 1889, marks the day when South Dakota became the 40th state of the United States. South Dakota was known as the Dakota Territory before it became a state.

2. First Women's Bank: On May 31, 1890, The First National Bank of Philip became the first bank in the United States to be run entirely by women. The board of directors was composed of five women, and the bank encouraged women to deposit and manage their own money.

3. The Homestake Mine: The Homestake Mine, the largest and deepest gold mine in North America, operated in Lead, South Dakota, from 1876 until it closed in 2002. On May 31, 1901, 33 miners were killed in a mining accident at the Homestake Mine.

4. Mount Rushmore: May 31, 1927, marked the first day of work on Mount Rushmore. The monument features the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln carved into the mountain.

5. Oglala Lakota College: On May 31, 1971, the Oglala Sioux College was established by the Oglala Sioux Tribe-Sioux Nation. The college was designed to provide higher education and training to the Lakota people and has campuses across South Dakota.
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