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Seaman: Companion to the Corps

 
 
Seaman: Companion to the Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
1. Seaman: Companion to the Corps Marker
Inscription.  On his way down the Ohio River in 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis purchased a Newfoundland dog for twenty dollars. It was a perfect choice of breed for the impending exploration; powerful swimmer, strong guarding instinct, gentle disposition and a commanding stature. In Lewis' own words, he writes:
"The dog was of the newfoundland breed one that I prised much for his docility and qualifications generally for my journey. -- November 6th, 1803

During the Expedition, Seaman withstood the same hardships as the Corps - extremes of temperature, pricks from cacti and other plants, and , of course, those troublesome mosquitoes. Despite the many threats of the wilderness, he continually carried out his duties as guardian, hunter, and friendly companion. No doubt, he served as a welcome reminder of the comforts of home and family. These qualities made Seaman an indispensable member of the Corps of Discovery.

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This statue is dedicated to the virtues of that noble canine and was modeled after Windsor, a Newfie owned by James and Carol Mungus, that proudly played the role of Seaman at the Interpretive
Seaman: Companion to the Corps Marker and Statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
2. Seaman: Companion to the Corps Marker and Statue
Center. The bronze was created by the late wildlife artist, Joseph Halko.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 47° 31.785′ N, 111° 14.16′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker can be reached from Giant Springs Road near River Drive North, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls MT 59405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A "great" Set of Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); The Experiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Mobile Villages (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Army's Navy (about 400 feet away); One of Many Firsts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Of Special Concern (approx. mile away); Giant Fountain (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pure Springs Along the Missouri River (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
 
More about this marker. The statue is near the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, overlooking the Missouri River.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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