With all of the scenic beauty South Dakota has to offer you would think that the state's most-viewed video on YouTube would be some majestic shots of Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, or Spearfish Canyon.

But that's not the case.

Instead, the South Dakota-related video that's been seen more than 19 million times focuses on a piece of metal located far away from the breathing scenery of the Black Hills.

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The 2014 video is from a company called Prairie Aerial and it follows tower climber Kevin Schmidt scaling the now-inactive KDLT-TV broadcast tower near Salem.

This isn't your run-of-the-mill tower, this structure measures a whopping 1,500 feet, which would place it among the top 15 tallest structures in the world.

Since being uploaded in November 2014, the video has racked up 19,134,032 views.

That's more than the next four most popular South Dakota videos combined.

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This video from April 2021 has amassed 5,098,499 views.

  • Poorest Native American Reservation - What It Really Looks Like

This video from November 2022 has amassed 5,088,592 views.

  • 10 Whitest States in the US

This video from December 2022 has amassed 4,240,428 views.

  • There's So Much South Dakota | Travel South Dakota

This video from November 2022 has amassed 3,530,590 views.

Most Expensive South Dakota Related Things on eBay

In South Dakota, we've always prided ourselves on having one of the most reasonable cost of living rates in America.
But that doesn't mean that you can't spend a pretty penny when it comes to Mount Rushmore-related items.
All you've got to do is head to eBay where, in and among the 98,751 search results for South Dakota, you'll find some things that will set you back plenty.

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Do You Remember These 10 Crazy Snowstorms In South Dakota?

Here's some news that some South Dakotans prefer not to hear this time of year. Winter is coming. In denial? The dropping temperatures and early snowstorms out west by Deadwood speak for themselves.

Slowly but surely, people of the Sioux Empire are bracing for colder weather and snow-covered roads. Even though snow will soon be gracing the Sioux Empire with its presence, some snow showers will not compare to these ten dreadful snowstorms that hit South Dakota.

Only In Your State highlights these ten snowstorms in South Dakota as a reminder for people to always be aware of the roads during the winter. These South Dakotan winters can be harsh, which is why it is always a good idea to plan ahead and prepare for the worst.

Do you remember any major snowstorms that hit South Dakota?

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5 Things South Dakota Gave the World

South Dakota may not get much respect. We get a blizzard and it's a footnote on the national scene, but if Florida gets a bit chilly it's breaking news. But, maybe it's fine to be forgotten about. We kind of like being left alone on our quiet piece of the plains.

South Dakota has given a lot to the world though. Not just giant mountain carvings and settings for HBO shows, but awesome things that the rest of the world should thank us for.

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns

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