Nebraska City in Otoe County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hunter, Watchdog and Faithful Friend
One valued member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition had four legs, webbed feet and weighed 150 pounds. He was Captain Meriwether Lewis' dog Seaman, a Newfoundland.
At Lewis' command, Seaman jumped into the Ohio River to catch squirrels swimming across in great numbers. Later, an Expedition hunter wounded a deer, which ran into the Missouri River. Seaman caught and drowned the deer and brought it to shore.
In present-day Montana, Seaman's skills as a watchdog saved lives when a grizzly bear stopped within 30 yards of the Expedition's campsite. "My dog seems to be in a constant state of alarm with these bears and keeps barking all night," Lewis wrote.
Most historians believe the dog returned to St. Louis with the rest of the Corps of Discovery in 1806. Otherwise, Lewis surely would have written in his journal about the loss of such a faithful companion.
For many years, scholars thought Lewis' dog was named "Scannon." Donald Jackson, a noted historian and native of Glenwood, Iowa, studied the handwriting of Expedition journals and determined the correct spelling, "Seaman."
Artwork by Patricia Reeder Eubank courtesy of "Seaman's Journal: On the Trail with Lewis and Clark." Used by permission of Ideals Publications.
Erected by National Park Service and Mouth of the Platte Chapter, Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 40° 39.967′ N, 95° 49.854′ W. Marker is in Nebraska City, Nebraska, in Otoe County. Click for map. Marker is next to the keelboat replica, near the entrance to the Lewis & Clark Missouri River Basin Visitors Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Valmont Drive, Nebraska City NE 68410, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barge / Keelboat (replica) (here, next to this marker); Earth Lodge Villages (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Missouri River (about 700 feet away); Steam Wagon (approx. 1.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church Original 1855 Wall (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mother Church of Methodism in Nebraska (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mother Church of Nebraska Methodism (approx. 1.7 miles away); Pioneer Masons of Nebraska Territory (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Nebraska City.
Also see . . .
1. Seaman. (Submitted on July 23, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Seaman: Lewis' Newfoundland Dog. (Submitted on July 23, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 23, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. Lewis & Clark Missouri River Basin Visitors Center. (Submitted on July 23, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Animals • Exploration •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.