Mobridge in Corson County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
When Jedediah was 23 years of age he went to St. Louis and enlisted with General William H. Ashley as an employee of the Rocky Mountain Fur co. In 1823 he was with Ashley and a party of 90 trappers, traders, and boatmen when they were attacked by the previously friendly Aricara Indians as the group camped near their villages 5 miles upstream from this monument . After the bloody encounter they regained their boats and drifted downstream. When the boatmen and some of the others refused to try to pass the villages. Ashley had to send word to his partner. Major Andrew Henry, on the Yellowstone to warn him of the treachery of the Aricara. Jedediah Smith responded to Ashley's call for a volunteer. Being a deeply religious young man. Smith made what Hugh Glass described as a "powerful prayer " for his slain companions and the success of his own mission. This is recorded as the first act of Christian worship in South Dakota. Although the journey was through and unknown wilderness full of hostile Indians, the boy from New York was successful and made marvelous speed. Much impressed Ashley named Smith Captain in the Motley army of trappers, traders, and Indians who were a potent auxiliary to Col. Henry Leavenworth's 6th Infantry in its August attack to punish the Aricara.
Tapper, Trader, Explorer
After selling his interest in the successful partnership he shifted his efforts into the Southwest, and while searching for water to succor his party he was killed by Comanche arrows at the age of thirty-two at a scooped-out mudhole on the Cimarron.
No other man's record better typifies the hard life of the successful frontiersman of the Great West.
Jedediah Smith gained great fame in his short span of years as both frontiersman and explorer. Less
Smith's worth as an explorer, his resourcefulness as a leader, and his skill as a mountain man were only surpassed by his integrity and faith. Men spoke of him as a Christian gentleman. Those who knew him best said that he made religion "an active principle from the duties of which nothing could seduce him."
Jedediah Smith was big -- 6ft. 2in., brave, and daring, and an example of piety for the rough men with whom he dealt and dwelt.
Location. 45° 34.417′ N, 100° 29.203′ W. Marker is in Mobridge, South Dakota, in Corson County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 12 and State Highway 1806 on U.S. 12. Touch for map. This marker is located in a roadside
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Fur Trade (within shouting distance of this marker); Leavenworth Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Arikara People (within shouting distance of this marker); Native American Scenic Byway (within shouting distance of this marker); "MO.Bridge" (approx. 2.1 miles away); History Beneath the Waters (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ensign Nathaniel Pryor (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lewis & Clark (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobridge.
Categories. • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.