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Near Shadehill in Perkins County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Hugh Glass

 
 
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By Connor Olson, July 17, 2020
1. Hugh Glass Marker
Inscription.  Across the reservoir, situated on an overlooking bluff, stands a monument to Hugh Glass, fabled pirate turned fur trader and frontiersman. In August of 1823, while on a fur trapping endeavor with the Ashley Fur Company, Glass was attacked by a female grizzly bear near the forks of the Grand River. Glass managed to kill the bear but was left critically wounded and was not expected to live. The other members of his party proceeded to take his supplies and left him to die of his wounds.

However, Hugh Glass did not die, and over the course of several weeks, trekked roughly 200 miles through unforgiving territory from the Grand River to the safety of Ft. Kiowa, near present-day Chamberlain, sustained only by roots, berries and the sheer will to survive.

Hugh Glass’ legendary tale has been a staple of frontier history and lore, being immortalized in many books, short stories, poems, and feature films.
 
Erected 2018 by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationParks & Recreational Areas

Hugh Glass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, July 17, 2020
2. Hugh Glass Marker
Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 45° 45.415′ N, 102° 13.804′ W. Marker is near Shadehill, South Dakota, in Perkins County. Marker is on Ketterlings Loop Road 0.7 miles from North Cabin Road, on the right. Located in the Shadehill State Recreation Area at Ketterlins Point. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lemmon SD 57638, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shadehill Dam & Reservoir (here, next to this marker); Seim, South Dakota (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Hugh Glass (here, next to this marker); Hugh Glass - Adventurer (approx. 1.1 miles away); Welcome to the Grand River National Grassland (approx. 4.3 miles away); Public Land Surveying (approx. 4.3 miles away); Ole S. Quammen (approx. 13.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Hugh Glass. (Submitted on July 18, 2020.)
 
Illustration of Hugh Glass and his legendary bear attack. image. Click for full size.
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3. Illustration of Hugh Glass and his legendary bear attack.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.   3. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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