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

Lewis and Clark Were Here...and Here...

 
 
Lewis and Clark Were Here...and Here... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, April 1, 2009
1. Lewis and Clark Were Here...and Here... Marker
Inscription. The Missouri National Recreational River preserves two splendid segments of the free-flowing, once unpredictable "Big Muddy." These natural-appearing reaches are reminiscent of the river as reported in the journal pages of captains Lewis and Clark and four other members of the Corps of Discovery.

Change is a constant. And much has changed along the Corps of Discovery's route since "Mr. Lewis' Tour" first traveled through the middle Missouri region two centuries ago. Both human and natural forces have contributed to alter or obliterate many historic and natural features that the expedition members saw and described. Though the faces of the land and its inhabitants and the flow of the river are different today, a good amount remains that is suggestive of that 1804-06 landscape.

Lewis and Clark sites along this stretch of the middle Missouri River vary. They range from the Sgt. Floyd Monument in Sioux City, Iowa, to the river and its sandbars and snags as seen from various scenic overlooks, to "The Tower" (Old Baldy) near where the expedition first encountered prairie dogs.

We invite you to visit these and other sites associated with the "corps of volunteers for North Western Discovery."

PICTURE CAPTIONS (top photo then from left to right): 1) "The Wind blew hard and raised the Sands off the bar..."
2) "this

Gavins Point Dam Visitor Center and Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, October 28, 2008
2. Gavins Point Dam Visitor Center and Overlook
One of a number of different Missouri River overlooks in the region.
Bluff Contained Alum, Cooperas,..."
3) "We buried him on the top of the bluff 1/2 Miles below a Small river..."
4) "...and Camped below the Calumet Bluff in a Plain on the L{arbord} S{ide}..."
5) "...they informed me that they were Shooting...at an old Keg..we had thrown out..."
6) "this River is...Throwing out Sands like the Platt, (only Corser) forming bars in its mouth."
7) "...in descending this Cupola discovered a Village of Small animals that burrow in the grown..."
 
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 State Highway 19 0.1 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 Visit Spirit Mound (here, next to this marker); Spirit Mound (within shouting
Missouri River - "Big Muddy" - from Ponca State Park overlook image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, October 27, 2008
3. Missouri River - "Big Muddy" - from Ponca State Park overlook
Example of the many sandbars that form along this reach of the Missouri River.
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.
 
Categories. ExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
Exposed Bluff at Ponca State Park with cliff swallow nests image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, October 27, 2009
4. Exposed Bluff at Ponca State Park with cliff swallow nests
Steep bluff similar to the one in the photo on this marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 718 times since then and 17 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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