Fort Pierre in Stanley County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it: rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago.
The United States purchased the Louisiana territory – more than 88,000 square miles – from France in 1803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition there.
With Jefferson’s permission, Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer, William Clark to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, they worked harmoniously throughout the two-year journey.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 24, 1804.
Location. 44° 21.188′ N, 100° 22.097′ W. Marker is in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, in Stanley County. Marker can be reached from 2 Rivers Street north of Ash Avenue. Marker is located along the walking path, at the northeast corner of Fischers Lilly Park, overlooking the Missouri River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 Ash Avenue, 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. Lewis and Clark First Sioux Nation Meeting (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark Encounter Teton Sioux (a few steps from this marker); The Fort Pierre Plain (within shouting distance of this marker); Stockgrowers Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Verendrye Explorers (approx. half a mile away); The Verendrye Site (approx. half a mile away); Translation of the Verendrye Plate (approx. half a mile away); Verendrye Tablet Site (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.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lewis and Clark Meet the Teton Sioux Indians
Also see . . . Lewis & Clark Meet the Lakota Nation In Fort Pierre. A major encounter which affected the destiny of all inhabitants of the region occurred in Fort Pierre on September 24-28, 1804. At the mouth of the Bad River, in present-day Fischers Lilly Park. Members of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery met for the first time with the Lakota people, known to them as the Teton Sioux. Differences in trade objectives, diplomacy, and the lack of an interpreter lead to an armed confrontation, the closest Lewis and Clark came to a premature end to their expedition. Today the park is certified as a National Park Service Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail site. (Submitted on October 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4, 5. submitted on April 8, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.