The Road to Statehood
Between the Louisiana
Purchase in 1803 and Statehood in 1889 the area that was to become
South Dakota was a part of several territories. In 1812 the portion of
the Louisiana Territory that did not become the state of Louisiana was
renamed, Missouri Territory. Missouri became a state in 1821, and the
remainder became Iowa Territory in 1838.
After Iowa became a state
in 1846, the remainder became Minnesota Territory in 1849. Minnesota
became a state in 1855.
Kansas and Nebraska Territories were established in 1854.
In 1861 James Buchanan established Dakota
Territory. The territory was reduced in 1864 by the creation of
Montana Territory, and in 1868 by the creation of Wyoming Territory.
In 1889 North and South Dakota became states on November 2, Montana,
on November 8, and Washington on November 11.
The 1939 stamp design was sketched by
President F. D. Roosevelt, and because of a resemblance to washing
hanging on a line it became known as the “clothesline” stamp.
The 1989 stamp was
designed by Marian Henjum, a South Dakota artist.