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5 Fun Facts About November 27 In South Dakota History

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1. The Rapid City Flood: On November 27, 1972, a devastating flood hit Rapid City, South Dakota, causing widespread destruction and claiming the lives of 238 people. The flood was caused by a combination of heavy rains and a lack of proper drainage infrastructure.

2. Battle of the Badlands: On November 27, 1890, the final battle of the American Indian Wars took place in South Dakota. The conflict between the U.S. Army and the Sioux tribe, led by Chief Big Foot, resulted in the massacre of over 200 Native Americans.

3. South Dakota Statehood: November 27, 1889, was the day that South Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 40th state. The state's motto, "Under God the People Rule," was chosen by a popular vote in 1885.

4. Homestake Gold Mine: On November 27, 2001, the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota, officially closed after producing over 40 million ounces of gold over the course of its 126-year history. The mine had been a major part of the state's economy and drew thousands of workers over the years.

5. Presidential Visits: Several U.S. Presidents have visited South Dakota on November 27th over the years, including Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 and Richard Nixon in 1973. These visits were often in conjunction with state or national events, such as Eisenhower's dedication of the Oahe Dam and Nixon's address to the National Women's Conference.
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