Fort Pierre in Stanley County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Verendrye Site
On February 16, 1913, the Verendryes' lead plate resurfaced. A group of local teenagers found the plate on the hill. Not realizing its significance, the teens considered selling the lead plate to the local print shop. State Historian Doane Robinson heard about the plate, realized its importance, and saved it. Today, the Verendrye Plate is displayed at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Photos courtesy of the South Dakota Historical Society.
Erected by The South Dakota State Historical Society; a Preserve America grant and the Dakota, Minnesota
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration. A significant historical date for this entry is March 30, 1743.
Location. 44° 21.316′ N, 100° 22.699′ W. Marker is in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, in Stanley County. Marker is on Verendrye Drive (2nd Street) 0.4 miles north of West 2nd Avenue. Marker is located at the Verendrye National Historic Site, on the hilltop overlooking Fort Pierre and the Missouri River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Pierre SD 57532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Translation of the Verendrye Plate (here, next to this marker); Verendrye Explorers (a few steps from this marker); Verendrye Tablet Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Verendrye Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Stockgrowers Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Fort Pierre Plain (approx. half a mile away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. half a mile away); Lewis and Clark First Sioux Nation Meeting (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Pierre.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally, on waist-high posts.
Regarding The Verendrye Site. National Historic Landmark (1991)
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Verendrye National Historic Site
Also see . . .
1. South Dakota History: The Verendrye Plate. Two of La Verendrye’s sons buried a lead plate claiming control of the entire Missouri River Drainage for France. The plate was dated March 30, 1743. It was discovered by children on February 16, 1913, and is now on display at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. A replica of the plate can also be seen at the Verendrye Museum in Fort Pierre. (Submitted on October 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Verendrye Plate. On a warm winter day, 109 years after Lewis & Clark’s visit to this vantage point, young children played on the same hill. Stones brought in by the glaciers were scarce on the west side of the river, so when found they were carried away by the early pioneers for useful purposes. Hattie Foster, Ethel Parish, and George O’Reilly were among those on the hill that day, February 16, 1913. Hattie noticed something resembling a piece of metal sticking out of the soil. With her friend’s assistance, she dug out an unusual object... (Submitted on October 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Discovering The Verendrye Plate. Ethel Parish and two friends found the plate while playing on a sunny February day on a hill over Fort Pierre. Their discovery caused historians to rethink their accounts of white man’s arrival (Submitted on October 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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