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Crescent in Pottawattamie County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Anticipating An Indian Council

 
 
Anticipating An Indian Council Marker Full View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
1. Anticipating An Indian Council Marker Full View
Inscription.  One of President Jefferson’s goals for this expedition was to seek out the native peoples and council with them. On July 28, 2804, the expedition passed this overlook area early in the morning and noted of this area “a bluff on the S.S. (Starboard Side), the first high land above the Nodaway (river) on that side.” They observed a site below these bluffs where the “Aiawuay (Iowa) Indians formerly lived” and had just passed another old Indian camp downstream on the other side of the Missouri where the Otteauze (Oto) Indians” had once lived. In this vicinity, principal hunter George Drouillard made contact with a “Missouri Indian” who was friendly and informative. He was one of the few remaining of his tribe and was the first Indian seen since the expedition set out. On August 3, app. 20 miles upriver, a Council was held with chiefs of the Oto and Missouri tribes. The council was the first major meeting between Indians of the territory and Lewis and Clark. As a result, this whole region has become known as “Councile Bluff.”

In 1935, the Colonial dames of the America completed this monument

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commemorating Lewis & Clark’s historic meeting with the Oto and Missouri Indian tribes. Restoration of the monument (1987-1993) was completed by the Lewis & Clark monument Restoration Committee and the local community.

Lewis and Clark 1803-1806

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson send an expedition commanded by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase, to seek an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean and to make peaceable contact with the native peoples. On May 14, 1804, the explorers headed up the Missouri. They reached the Pacific in November 1805. They returned to St. Louis on September 23, 1806, having traveled more than 8000 miles in two years, four months and nine days.
 
Erected by Iowa Dept. of natural Resources, National Park Service, State Historical Society of Iowa, REAP Historical Resources Grant, city of Council Bluffs.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative 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 May 14, 1804.
 
Location. 41° 18.204′ N, 95° 51.405′ W. Marker is in Crescent, Iowa, in Pottawattamie County. Marker is on Monument

Anticipating An Indian Council image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
2. Anticipating An Indian Council
Road. Located in Lewis & Clark Park near the Monument overlooking the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crescent IA 51526, 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. The Lewis and Clark Expedition (here, next to this marker); Like a Bald Man’s Head (here, next to this marker); Colonel William H. Kinsman (approx. 2.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln's 1859 Visit (approx. 2˝ miles away); Kanesville Mormon Cemetery (approx. 2˝ miles away); Grenville M. Dodge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Spanish War Veterans (approx. 3 miles away); Mormon Trail (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crescent.
 
Lewis & Clark Expedition Instruction From Jefferson image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
3. Lewis & Clark Expedition Instruction From Jefferson
Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
4. Map
Drawing of Lewis & Clark with Indians image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
5. Drawing of Lewis & Clark with Indians
Lewis & Clark Monument Text image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
6. Lewis & Clark Monument Text
Lewis & Clark Monument 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
7. Lewis & Clark Monument 1
Lewis & Clark Monument 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
8. Lewis & Clark Monument 2
Lewis & Clark Monument 3 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
9. Lewis & Clark Monument 3
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Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
10. Lewis & Clark Monument 4
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 742 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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