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Badlands National Park
Sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires, this is Badlands National Park, South Dakota, about 110 mi (180 km) west of Pierre.
Image: Scott Smithson

About Pierre

Flag of Pierre, South DakotaSatellite view showing Pierre, the county seat of Hughes County and the capital of the State of South Dakota in the West North Central Region of the United States. The city is located between the Cheyenne River Reservation to the northwest and the Crow Creek Reservation in southeast, almost exactly in the center of the state on the east bank of the Missouri River, opposite the city of Fort Pierre, a former fort and trading post. Next major city is Minneapolis, about 350 mi (560 km) to the east.

City of Pierre, South Dakota
Pierre, South Dakota at the upper Missouri River with South Dakota State Capitol on the left.
Image: Alan Scott Walker
The U.S. acquired the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the early 19th century Fort Pierre was was established, it became a trading junction and a steamboat terminus at the Missouri River.
When gold was found in the Black Hills, Fort Pierre became the major transportation and distribution hub in the territory. In 1881 Chicago & Northwestern Railroad arrived, and Pierre - on the other side of the river, became the railroad terminus.

Before the construction of the railroad bridge in 1907, people had to cross the river between Pierre and Fort Pierre by pontoon bridges, steamboats, and by walking across the ice in the winter.

In 1889 South Dakota became the 39th state (together with North Dakota) and Pierre was named its temporary capital, in 1904 the city became the permanent capital and the seat of government of South Dakota.

Today Pierre has a population of about 14,000 inhabitants (in 2015). It is the second least populous state capital after Montpelier, Vermont. About 20,000 people live in the Pierre micropolitan area.

Some capital highlights:

City of Pierre, South Dakota
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail at Pierre.
Image: Keith Gerstung
History: Dakota State Capitol (four-story historical landmark in Neoclassical architecture style, built in the early 20th century, ). Upper Pierre Street Commercial Historic District (Pierre's former Central Business District).
St. Charles Hotel (historical premier hotel opened in 1911, it was host to members of both houses of the South Dakota Legislature until South Dakota governor's mansion was built in the 1940s.)

Museums: South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center (the keeper of the state’s history - Verendrye Museum (located in the old American Legion Hall, it houses a collection of South Dakota and regional artifacts)

Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place near Pierree, South Dakota
Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place near Pierre, meant to be an American Indian cultural facility and a judicial center (never built), but federal money for the project has run dry, all that can be seen today is nearly a half of the original project. Wakpa Sica stands for the Bad River junction where Sioux leaders met members of the Lewis and Clark party.
Image: Keith Ewing
Outdoors: Oahe Dam and Lake (large dam along the Missouri River, just north of Pierre, it creates Lake Oahe, the fourth largest artificial reservoir in the United States).
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. Today the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Trails around Pierre are an easy to moderate bike trip).
La Framboise Island Nature Area (heavily forested river island, a nature center and recreational area with several bike trails)

Performing arts: Pierre Players Community Theatre (community theater -

Children's/adult museum: South Dakota Discovery Center & Aquarium (features a vet’s office, a florist and a cafe)

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Local Time Pierre:
Wednsday-May-23  07:02  
Standard time zone: Central Standard Time (CST); UTC/GMT -6 hours Central Daylight Time (CDT) in use from the second Sunday in March, ends on the first Sunday in November; time zone offset: UTC/GMT -5 hours
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Google Map: Searchable Map of the City of Pierre, South Dakota, USA.
City Coordinates: 44°22′5″N 100°20′11″W
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