Duration: 1st January – 31st March 2021
Number of books: 10
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
From Sea to Shining Sea – South Dakota
Duration: Jan 01, 2021 – Feb 28, 2021
1. Both North Dakota and South Dakota became states on the same day, November 2, 1889, making them the 39th and 40th states of the United States. Pierre is South Dakota’s capital city. Its name comes from the Sioux word Dakota which means friends or allies. South Dakota is nicknamed the Mount Rushmore State after the world’s greatest mountain carving on South Dakota’s Black Hills.
Read a book whose title begins with a letter in DAKOTA (ignore a, an and the) -or- read a book where the protagonist makes new friends as the plot progresses -or- read a book with a recognizable monument on the cover (post the cover). – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
2. South Dakota is bordered by the states of North Dakota to the north, Minnesota to the east, Iowa to the southeast, Nebraska to the south, Wyoming to the west, and Montana to the northwest. The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as “East River” and “West River”. East River is home to most of the state’s population, and the area’s fertile soil is used to grow a variety of crops. West River is more closely associated with ranching, and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending. Most of the Native American reservations are in West River.
✒ Read a book whose cover is divided into halves in some way (post the cover) -or- read a book in which the story is told in two perspectives -or- read a book with antonyms in the title.
3. South Dakota’s state animal is the coyote. The state bird is the ring-necked pheasant. Its state flower is the American pasqueflower. The state tree is the Black Hills spruce. The state sport is Rodeo and the state dessert is kuchen. South Dakota’s state motto is “Under God the People Rule”.
✒ Read a book in which religion is important -or- read a book whose cover is predominantly purple (post the cover) -or- read a book whose title or subtitle features a word not in the English language (tell us the language the word is from. For those reading a non-English language book, a word not in the language the book is in. Tell us the language of both the book and the word).
4. The Wounded Knee Massacre was a domestic massacre of nearly three hundred Lakota people, by soldiers of the United States Army. It occurred on December 29, 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, following a botched attempt to disarm the Lakota camp. On the morning of December 29, the U.S. Cavalry troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle, claiming he had paid a lot for it. Black Coyote’s rifle went off at that point, and the U.S. Army began shooting at the Native Americans. The Lakota warriors fought back, but many had already been stripped of their guns and disarmed. By the time the massacre was over, more than 250 men, women, and children of the Lakota had been killed and 51 were wounded (4 men and 47 women and children, some of whom died later). Some estimates placed the number of dead as high as 300. In 1990, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a resolution on the historical centennial formally expressing deep regret for the massacre. The Wounded Knee Battlefield has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
✒ Read a book in which a massacre occurs -or- read a book written by a Native American author (provide a link to the author’s GR page) -or- read a book in which something or someone in memorialized (tell us how your book fits).
5. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is centered on a colossal sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created the sculpture’s design and oversaw the project’s execution from 1927 to 1941 with the help of his son, Lincoln Borglum. The sculpture features the 60-foot heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The four presidents were chosen to represent the nation’s birth, growth, development, and preservation, respectively. South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of noted figures into the mountains of the Black Hills of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. While Doane Robinson wanted the carving to feature American West heroes (Lewis & Clark, Buffalo Bill Cody, Sacagawea, Crazy Horse etc.), Borglum believed that the sculpture should have broader appeal and chose the four presidents.
✒ Read a book featuring a president/prime minister/other democratically elected head of state as a character or a non fiction book about them -or- read a book whose cover shows a mountain top (post the cover) -or- read a book in which art (any medium) is important to the plot.
6. The Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), or Sanford Lab, is an underground laboratory in Lead, South Dakota. The deepest underground laboratory in the United States, it houses multiple experiments in areas such as dark matter and neutrino physics research, biology, geology and engineering. SURF is located in the former Homestake Gold Mine, which was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America until it closed in 2002. The Homestake Mine was already famous in scientific circles when it was still a working gold mine, because an underground laboratory was set up there in the 1960s. This was the site where the solar neutrino problem (the discrepancy in the predicted and measured neutrinos from the sun) was first discovered in what is known as the Homestake Experiment.
✒ Read a book in which a scientific experiment of some sort in conducted -or- read a book in which a critical part of the plot occurs underground (tell us how the book fits) -or- read a book with a sun visible on the cover (post the cover).
7. South Dakota was once covered by a sea, and was home to three-toed horses, saber-toothed cats, dog-sized camels, and giant pig-like animals. Expeditions in and among the surreal pinnacles and gullies of South Dakota’s Badlands have uncovered fossils from at least 175 different species of Oligocene life, including the 23-million-year-old remains of rhinoceroses and tapirs. In fact, it is considered one of the world’s richest deposits of mammal fossil beds in the world. And in 1990, the most complete specimen of Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found was discovered in this part of the state. Today you’ll see bison and pronghorn and bighorn sheep roaming the Badlands, as well as an animal that nearly went extinct: the black-footed ferret, which survives today thanks to a captive breeding program and reintroduction to protected places like this.
✒ Read a book with a cat,
dog, camel, horse or pig on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book with an intact 23 in its number of pages (tell us the number of pages) -or- read a book in which something physical is unearthed (tell us how your book fits). – Kiss of Heat by Lora Leigh
8. Clark is home to the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling Contest. Mitchell is the home of the world’s only Corn Palace, which is made of 3500 bushels of corn. Custer State Park has more than 1,300 free-roaming bison. The tradition of spreading sawdust on the floors of bars began in Deadwood as an effort to hide gold dust that would gather there. The Anne Hathaway Cottage at Wessington Springs is the only structure in the Midwest U.S. that still features a thatched roof. The Flaming Fountain on South Dakota State Capitol Lake is fed by an artesian well with natural gas content so high that it causes it to glow. Jewel Cave is the third-longest cave in the world with more than 120 miles of passages having been surveyed. Lemmon is the world’s largest petrified wood park, with fossilized remains of life from 50 million years old.
✒ Read book with a vegetable on the cover (post the cover) -or- read a book with a synonym of flame in the title (flame works also) -or- read the third book of a series (tell us the name).
9. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a motorcycle rally held annually in the Black Hills and in Sturgis. It was begun in 1938 by a group of Indian Motorcycle riders and was originally held for stunts and races. Attendance has historically been around 500,000 people, reaching a high of over 700,000 in 2015. The event takes place over 10 days and generates around $800 million in annual revenue. The Sturgis Rally has been held every year, with exceptions during World War II. For instance, from 1942 to 1944, the event was not held due to gasoline rationing.
✒ Read a book whose cover shows a motorcycle (post the cover) -or- read a book first published in 2015 -or- read a book whose series name begins with a letter in STURGIS (ignore a, an and the, tell us the series name).
10. It is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory in South Dakota. Every hotel must have twin beds two feet apart and love shall not be made between the beds. Mink dens cannot be disturbed. No throwing stars can be used in Sisseton. You cannot create static (!) in Huron. No horses are allowed in the Fountain Inn unless they’re wearing pants. It is illegal to try to convince a pacifist to renounce his beliefs by threatening to arm-wrestle him.
Read a book in which love was not made (sorry!) -or- read a book whose cover shows an arm (post the cover) -or- read a book with a pacifist character (tell us who). – The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn (Cecilia)
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