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5 Fun Facts About September 10 In South Dakota History

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1. In 1927, pioneering pilot Charles Lindbergh made a pit stop in Pierre, South Dakota, during his famous transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. Lindbergh refueled his iconic plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, in Pierre before continuing on his historic journey.

2. On September 10, 1897, South Dakota State University was established in Brookings as the state's land-grant university. Today, the university serves over 12,000 students and offers over 200 degree programs.

3. Rapid City, South Dakota, experienced a catastrophic flood on September 10, 1972. Over 200 people were killed and thousands were displaced as a result of the disaster. The community has since commemorated the event with a Memorial Park and exhibits at the Journey Museum and Learning Center.

4. The inaugural Potato Days festival was held in Clark, South Dakota, on September 10, 1915. The festival celebrates the region's agricultural heritage and features events like potato picking contests, a mashed potato eating contest, and a parade.

5. On September 10, 1936, the rural town of Loomis, South Dakota, was hit by a massive tornado. The storm destroyed the entire town, killing nine people and injuring dozens more. Today, Loomis is considered one of the deadliest tornadoes in South Dakota history.
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