Pierre in Hughes County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark lead about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a rout to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Along the way, they mapped the land, recorded its resources, and contacted its native inhabitants.
The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it; rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago.
The United States purchased the Louisiana territory - more than 350,000 square miles - from Fence in 1803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis (far Left) to lead an expedition there.
With Jefferson's permission, Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer, William Clark (left), to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, they worked harmoniously throughout the two-year journey.
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 44° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pierre SD 57501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Changing Landscape (here, next to this marker); The Oahe Dam & Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Sioux Indian Mosaic (approx. 0.9 miles away); Turtle Effigy (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lindbergh Landing Site (approx. 2.4 miles away); Combat Wounded Veterans (approx. 5½ miles away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. 5½ miles away); South Dakota State Capitol (approx. 5½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pierre.
Categories. • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.