“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Mobridge in Corson County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)


Sakakawea Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, September 18, 2015
1. Sakakawea Marker
Inscription.  Sakakawea won her place in history as the indomitable guide of Lewis and Clark on their trip to the Pacific in 1805. She was a member of the Shoshoni tribe dwelling near the Big Horn mountains in Montana. In one of the frequent tribal conflicts she was captured and taken to North Dakota as a war captive. Here she was purchased by a fur trader named Tousant Charbonneau, who according to custom made her his wife. Lewis and Clark, in search of an interpreter for their trip west, tried to hire Charbonneau, but he would not go unless his wife was permitted to accompany him. The explorers reluctantly gave their permission. This was a fortunate decision for Lewis and Clark. By her courage, endurance and unerring instinct she guided the expedition over seemingly insuperable obstacles. The leaders frequently gave her credit for the success of the venture. After returning east, Charbonneau and Sakakawea settled down at Fort Manuel, about 30 miles north of here near Kend, South Dakota. On December 20, 1812 it was recorded in the daily journal of events at the fort that Sakakawea died of a putrid fever. There is no further record of her but it is safe
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to assume that this remarkable woman's grave is somewhere near the site of old Fort Manuel. Sakakawea is beyond question the most illustrious feminine representative of the Indian race. (Marker Number 622.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansWomen. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 20, 1812.
Location. 45° 30.957′ N, 100° 29.276′ W. Marker is near Mobridge, South Dakota, in Corson County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 1806, 4 miles south of U.S. 12. The Hwy 1806 is pavement to this monument and past it is a gravel road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mobridge SD 57601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sitting Bull (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honored Leaders (approx. 2˝ miles away); A Final Resting Place (approx. 2˝ miles away); Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 2˝ miles away); River of Hardship (approx. 2˝ miles away); Lewis & Clark meet the Arikaras (approx. 2˝ miles away); "Sakakawea and Lewis & Clark" (approx. 2˝ miles away); "they just did a man's job" (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobridge.
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Sakakawea Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, September 18, 2015
2. Sakakawea Monument
There is a Monument located nearby for Sakakawea.
Additional keywords. Sacagawea Sacajawea
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 90 times this year. Last updated on January 12, 2022. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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