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Fort Washakie in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Sacajawea

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2016
1. Sacajawea Marker
Inscription.  
Burial Register on File at Roberts Mission Pages 114-115

Day: 1884 • Date: April 9 • No.: 10 • Names: Bazil's Mother (Shoshone) • Age BCC: 100 • Residence: Shoshone Agency • Cause of Death: Old Age • Place of Burial: Burial ground Shoshone Agency • Signature of Clergyman: J. Roberts

This sculpture represents a truly remarkable young Lemhi Shoshone woman who has just made a journey of 3000 miles with the Lewis and Clark Expedition and is viewing the Pacific Ocean. The sand dollar is significant, as it was given to Chief Washakie. He wore it with honor in many historical pictures.
Sacajawea, the quiet 16 year-old mother, became an invaluable member of the Expedition because of her knowledge of the Shoshone homeland they would pass through. One of her most important contributions to Lewis and Clark was to reassure them that they were indeed on the route to the westward passage to the “Great Waters.”
Her life after the Expedition is controversial. Her son, Jean Baptiste was adopted and educated by Captain Clark. Her adopted son, Bazil, remained in the Northern Shoshone areas. In later years
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2016
2. Sacajawea Marker and Statue
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Sacajawea returned to the Shoshone homeland to live near Bazil. Many recorded documents and statements made by descendants, officials at Fort Washakie, and by the Federal Government record her death and burial place at the Sacajawea Cemetery, Fort Washakie, Wyoming in 1884.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWomen.
 
Location. 42° 59.576′ N, 108° 54.933′ W. Marker is in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Lane near Trout Creek Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Washakie WY 82514, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sacajawea Cemetery (here, next to this marker); The Right Rev. George Maxwell Randall, D.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Mrs. Maggie Richards and Mrs. Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Sacajawea (about 300 feet away); The Shoshone-Episcopal Mission Boarding School (approx. half a mile away); Washakie (approx. 1½ miles away); Block House (approx. 1½ miles away); Fort Washakie World War II Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Washakie.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Sacajawea Cemetery.
 
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Sacajawea Statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2016
3. Sacajawea Statue
Lewis and Clark Expedition
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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