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Mobridge in Walworth County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lewis and Clark/Mobridge

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 30, 2017
1. Lewis and Clark/Mobridge Marker
Inscription.

Lewis and Clark
The Lewis a nd 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 prong horn 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 they encountered in present-day South Dakota.

Mobridge

Lewis and Clark reached this area on October 8, 1804, at the mouth of the Grand River (called Wetarhoo by the local tribes). A short distance upstream, two of the men fouind an Arikara village on an island. This island was about three miles long and covered with fields where the Arikara raised
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 30, 2017
2. Lewis and Clark/Mobridge Marker
corn, beans, potatoes, squash and tobacco.

Several of the Arikara came to the edge of the island to watch the boats pass. With them were French traders who spoke Arikara. The explorers learned that there were two more Arikara villages upstream.

Presents were given to the Arikara who reciprocated with gifts of corn, beans and squash, which were most welcome.

The captains spent the next few days meeting with the Arikara, as well as some Cheyenne and Pawnee who were camped in the area. The expedition got underway again on October 13, 1804.
 
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail and National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 45° 31.835′ N, 100° 26.058′ W. Marker is in Mobridge, South Dakota, in Walworth County. Marker is on Park Blvd.. Touch for map. This marker as located near the parking lot off Park Blvd. Marker is in this post office area: Mobridge SD 57601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Valuable Member of the Team (within shouting distance of this marker); "the track of the white bear" (within shouting distance of this marker); "they just did a man's job"
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 30, 2017
3. Lewis and Clark/Mobridge Marker
(approx. half a mile away); "Sakakawea and Lewis & Clark" (approx. half a mile away); Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. mile away); Honored Leaders (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Final Resting Place (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lewis & Clark meet the Arikaras (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobridge.
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
 
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 34 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.
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