Fort Pierre in Stanley County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Lewis and Clark / Fort Pierre, South Dakota
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, officially the Corps of Discovery was in what is now South Dakota from August 21 to October 14, 1804 and from August 21 to September 4, 1806. While here they would make numerous discoveries of animals, plants, birds and fish previously unknown to science. Among these would be the pronghorn antelope, which they called goats, and the prairie dog, which they called barking squirrels. Other new discoveries in South Dakota included the mule deer, coyote, great gray wolf, prairie rattlesnake, the northern jack rabbit, and a different kind of porcupine. They also found the black billed magpie, which until then had been thought to exist only in Europe.
Here they would meet with a number of Indian tribes, handing out gifts and making speeches about the great white father in Washington. Although there were a few tense moments, there were no battles with the tribes any they encountered in present-day South Dakota.
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail and National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic Exploration • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 21, 1804.
Location. 44° 21.363′ N, 100° 22.485′ W. Marker is in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, in Stanley County. Marker is at the intersection of Native American Scenic Byway (Highway 83) and 3rd Avenue on Native American Scenic Byway. The marker is located in the Fort Pierre Depot Museum parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 Native American Scenic Byway, 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. Fort Pierre (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Pierre (within shouting distance of this marker); Casey Tibbs (within shouting distance of this marker); Fur Posts (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Pierre Train Depot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stanley County Courthouse Veteran's Memorial (about 500 feet away); Stanley County Jail 1905 (about 700 feet away); Father Christian Hoecken, S.J. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Pierre.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.