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Near Chamberlain in Brule County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain

 
 
Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 12, 2016
1. Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain Marker
Inscription.  
Dedicated July 7, 1974 by Governor Richard F. Kneip

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with their party camped at several points near this crossing. In September 1804, continuous rain had soaked their gear. They stopped near Ocoma, above the mouth of the American Crow Creek at a place They called “Camp Pleasant”. Here, in warm and delightful weather, they rested, Dried their equipment, and repacked their boats. While here, Captain Lewis hunted, killing a buffalo and a magpie, a bird not known in the eastern states. The men ate delicious plums and found an abundance of acorns from burr oak, upon which they feasted. Lewis explored American Island noting “a large perportion of seeder” on it The expedition returned to this area, homeward bound, in August, 1806 after having journeyed into the unknown and immortality.
 
Erected 1974 by South Dakota Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 456.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsExploration.
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In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series lists.
 
Location. 43° 47.198′ N, 99° 20.401′ W. Marker is near Chamberlain, South Dakota, in Brule County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90 at milepost 264. Located in the concrete “tipi” behind the rest area/overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chamberlain SD 57325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Rushmore National Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Memorial Highway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); State Capitol - Pierre (about 300 feet away); World's Only Corn Palace - Mitchell (about 300 feet away); Sojourn at Camp Pleasant (about 300 feet away); The Making & Meaning of Dignity (about 400 feet away); Lewis and Clark Bicentennial 1804-2004 (about 500 feet away); Missouri River Bridges of South Dakota (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chamberlain.
 
Additional keywords. Lewis and Clark
 
Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 12, 2016
2. Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain Marker
Map on marker
Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 12, 2016
3. Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain Marker
Concrete "tipi", behind the main building at the rest area. Typical of several South Dakota rest areas.
Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 12, 2016
4. Lewis & Clark Memorial Bridge at Chamberlain Marker
Marker, from a distance, inside the "tipi"
View of Missouri River from Marker image. Click for full size.
October 15, 2021
5. View of Missouri River from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on September 4, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 26, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   5. submitted on October 19, 2021. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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