Mobridge in Walworth County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
A Final Resting Place
In 1806, not long after Lewis and Clark passed through this area, a young man was born in a Village near the Grand River (near present-day Mobridge, South Dakota). This young man, known as Sitting Bull, was a famous Sioux medicine man and leader.
Sitting Bull rose to power due to his long standing resentment of the encroachment on tribal lands. He was widely respected for his bravery and insight and led many successful confrontations against the US Army. During a battle against soldiers protecting railroad workers on the Yellowstone River in 1872, Sitting Bull led four warriors between enemy lines. Bullets buzzed by the group as they sat down, he shared a pipe with his friends, cleaned it, and calmly walked away.
Sitting Bull is credited for masterminding the American Indian strategy at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, before retreating to Canada for several years. Sitting Bull was the last Sioux leader to surrender his rifle in 1881 to American troops.
He later starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as it traveled the United States and Europe, before returning to Standing Rock Reservation where he was born.
(left) This stone marks the grave site of Sitting Bull and is important to his descendants. Please respect this site as you would respect the
(left) Sitting Bull left the reservation in 1884 to join Colonel Alvaren's Indian Exhibition and toured 15 eastern US cities. He also made-one tour with William F. Cody's Wild West Show (to his right) and was introduced to thousands of people.
(top) Sitting bull in the 1880's.
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Location. 45° 32.292′ N, 100° 26.899′ W. Marker is in Mobridge, South Dakota, in Walworth County. Marker can be reached from Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail 1 1.3 miles south of 20th Street W. Touch for map. In this area W. Railway St. runs next to the trail. You can park near and walk over. Marker is in this post office area: Mobridge SD 57601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Honored Leaders (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark Expedition (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Sakakawea and Lewis & Clark" (approx. 0.3 miles away); "they just did a man's job" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lewis & Clark meet the Arikaras (approx. 0.6 miles away); River of Hardship Lewis and Clark/Mobridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Fool Soldier Band" (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobridge.
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.