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Monuments and Memorials

The beautifully landscaped 115-acre grounds of the South Dakota Capitol include the five-acre Capitol Lake and several monuments and memorials situated nearby. The Capitol grounds are open year-round; brochures for a self-guided tour are available at the tour office, located just inside the north entrance to the Capitol building. (605) 773-3765.

The Fighting Stallions Memorial honors eight South Dakotans, including Governor George Mickelson, who died in a plane crash in 1993. The state’s World War II Memorial, set on a peninsula built into Capitol Lake, consists of six bronze figures representing the military branches in which South Dakotans served.

Facing the WWII monument is the Korean War memorial, with a wall bearing the names of the state’s fallen heroes and a life-size, historically accurate statue of a soldier. A similar Vietnam War memorial was dedicated in September 2006. The Flaming Fountain sits in front of the statues. Fed by a spring with a high natural gas content, the flame burns continuously as the water flows into Capitol Lake.

Nearby memorials honor the state’s fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers.

For an online tour of the South Dakota State Capitol and grounds, visit http://www.state.sd.us/boa/CapitolTour/index.htm.

Click here for the South Dakota State Capitol Scavenger Hunt.

Click here to watch the South Dakota Public Broadcasting special: "Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea".