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This is the South Dakota state category. South Dakota's capital city is Pierre, and its postal abbreviation is SC. South Dakota entered the Union as the 40th state, on November 2, 1889. It is the 16th largest state, with an area of 77,121 square miles. South Dakota is located in north central United States, on the Great Plains. Its largest cities are Sioux Falls and Rapid City. The state's terrain rises gradually from the east to the Badlands in the southwest and the Black Hills in the west. Mount Rushmore is a noted monument located in these hills. The Missouri River bisects the state. West of the river are large cattle and sheep ranches, as well as semi-arid plains where many Native Americans live. French trappers claimed the region for France in the 1740s, and the U.S. bought part of the land in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. In 1874, gold discovery in the Black Hills brought immigrants to the region, and the territory was divided into North Dakota and South Dakota.