Have you ever been a tourist in your own state?  As the Fourth of July holiday approaches and we celebrate our national independence, remember that South Dakota is due some celebrating of her own!

At South Dakota 811, we’re proud of our heritage.  Here’s a few gems from the site

Did you know:

South Dakota has more miles of shoreline than Florida?

South Dakota has the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains?

Tourism brings about $2 billion to the state every year?

Native American legends Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull hailed from South Dakota?

Authors L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz) and Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie books) are from South Dakota?

South Dakota achieved statehood in 1889?

South Dakota’s state fossil is the Triceratops?

An expedition led by Lt. Col. George A. Custer discovered gold in the Black Hills in 1874?  (Given what happened to him two years later, perhaps Custer should have stuck to gold mining!)

The four figures on Mt. Rushmore were to have been sculpted to their waists, but the artist died before the work was finished?

Finally, did you know that putting in a locate request to South Dakota 811 reduces your chances of an errant hit on buried facilities to less than one percent?   Within 48 hours underground utilities are flagged/marked so you know what’s below.

We’re open 24/7/365.  Just call 811 or drop by our website at  for more information.

By using 811 before you dig, you’re helping contribute to the safety and continued growth of what is arguably the greatest state in the union! (Ha, take THAT, Rhode Island!)

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday.

Until next time, safe digging!

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