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Near Vermillion in Clay County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lewis and Clark Visit Spirit Mound

August 25, 1804

 
 
Lewis and Clark Visit Spirit Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, April 1, 2009
1. Lewis and Clark Visit Spirit Mound Marker
Inscription. On the hot day of August 25, 1804, captains Lewis and Clark and several of their men walked from the river to explore Spirit Mound. They had heard that little people with deadly arrows inhabited the mound. Although they did not find little people, they saw their big herds of buffalo as well as elk, burrows of either badgers or "Prairie Wolves" (coyotes), meadowlarks, swallows, and the first bat they had seen on the expedition. Suffering from heat and thirst, they walked back to the river.

"From the top of this Mound we beheld a most beautiful landscape; Numerous herds of buffaloes were seen feeding in various directions." Wm. Clark

"25th Augt George Shannon Killed an Elk Buck" Wm. Clark

Paintings by Ron Backer
 
Erected by The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation played key roles in restoring the site. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks manages the Spirit Mount Historic Prairie.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 42° 52.053′ N, 96° 57.332′ W. Marker is near Vermillion, South Dakota, in Clay County. Marker is on South Dakota Route 19 0.1

Welcome to Spirit Mound Historic Prairie entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, April 1, 2009
2. Welcome to Spirit Mound Historic Prairie entrance sign
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, & Parks
miles north of 312th Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The sign is one of several at a small asphalt pull-off loop road with a sign stating "Welcome to Spirit Mound Historic Prairie". Marker is in this post office area: Vermillion SD 57069, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. From Lewis and Clark to the Future (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark Were Here...and Here... (here, next to this marker); Spirit Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Bruyer Church (approx. 7.8 miles away); St. Mary's Catholic Church (approx. 8.6 miles away); First Rural Electric Cooperative (approx. 8.6 miles away); Homestead Rest Area (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Great Missouri River (approx. 10.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vermillion.
 
More about this marker. This is one side of a 3-sided informational sign at the park.
 
Also see . . .  Spirit Mound Website. Site provides very interesting history and information on Spirit Mound (Submitted on January 15, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
Spirit Mound in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, April 1, 2009
3. Spirit Mound in the distance
Hiking trail to Spirit Mound image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, April 1, 2009
4. Hiking trail to Spirit Mound
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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