Pierre is the inspiring capital of South Dakota. It is the county seat of Hughes County. It is, also, one of the least populous state capital cities.
The Arikara Native Americans lived in the area and then the Sioux tribe came to settle in the area and drove the Arikara out in 1794. The French explorer, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, had previously explored and claimed the area for France. In 1803, South Dakota was part of the United States’ Louisiana Purchase from France. What became Fort Pierre was built as a fur trading post in 1817 across the Missouri River from present day Pierre. In the nineteenth century, the Dakota Territory continued to be settled. In 1889, South Dakota became a state and in 1890 Pierre became South Dakota’s capital.
Pierre has a humid continental climate. Winters are long, dry, and cold. Summers are hot. Spring and fall are brief and transitional. Precipitation is lighter in the winter than the spring or summer. Snow averages 32 inches annually and precipitation averages 20 inches annually.
Many residents in Pierre are employed by government, education, and health care. Significant portions of residents are employed by management, business, finance, sales, office, and administrative support. Pierre School District and a single private school serve the area.
The South Dakota State Historical Society is in Pierre. The Native American Scenic Byway passes through Pierre and lets tourists visit and experience the Native American history of the state. The Oahe Days Arts Festival celebrates local artists and has performances by local bands. Pierre Historic Homes are toured in a Pierre Historic Homes Driving Tour. Parks in the area have a variety of courts, courses, beaches, and areas for recreation.
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