Mount Rushmore State

South Dakota State Nickname


South Dakota quarter

The U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for South Dakota features a ring-necked pheasant (state bird) and Mount Rushmore (the state nickname is "Mount Rushmore State"). South Dakota became the 40th state in 1889. Public domain image on Wikipedia.

Official State Nickname of South Dakota

The official nickname of South Dakota is "Mount Rushmore State" (designated in 1992). The nickname appears on South Dakota's state flag. Mount Rushmore itself is featured on the U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for South Dakota. All State Nicknames

Earlier Nicknames

Previous nicknames for South Dakota are the "Coyote State" (coyote is the official state animal) or the "Sunshine State," alluded to in the pledge to South Dakota''s state flag ("I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and state of South Dakota, land of sunshine, land of infinite variety.").

South Dakota


Flag of South Dakota features the state seal and state nickname (Mount Rushmore State); public domain image on Wikipedia.

South Dakota state flag

The state of South Dakota USA (public domain image).

Map of South Dakota USA

Mount Rushmore National Memorial; photo by Jim Bowen on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution).

Mount Rushmore National Memorial