“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Sacajawea and Pomp

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By Larry Wilson
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Inscription. Sacajawea and Pomp

Sacajawea was a Lemhi Shoshoni Indian born near Salmon, Idaho around 1790. She was the only Idaho native, and the only female, to be a member of the famed Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" expedition that opened up the American west. Sacajawea carried her infant son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (nicknamed "Pomp" by William Clark), in the grueling expedition from the Mandan village at present-day North Dakota over the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and back. She proved to be indispensable to the success of one of the greatest explorations in all of American history. This monument is dedicated to Sacajawea whose bravery, strength, and resourcefulness earned her a permanent place in American history.

Significant funding for this monument was provided by the school children of Idaho through the "Coins for Sacajawea" educational program. This project was also partially funded by grants provided by the Idaho Governor's Lewis and Clark Trail Committee and the Idaho State Historical Society. Private donations from individual provided major funding for the Sacajawea Monument. We would especially like to recognize noted historians Dr. Carol Lynn MacGregor of Boise, Idaho, and Mr. Kenneth Thomasma of Jackson, Wyoming for their generous contributions. Idaho corporations made notable contributions
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By Larry Wilson
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to help create the Sacajawea Monument. We would especially like to acknowledge Washington Group International, Inc. of Boise, Idaho.

We would like to thank the Sacajawea Monument Committee for their dedicate work on this project:

Mr. Don Riley - Chairman Mr. Charles Fisher - Vice-Chairman Mr. Kevin E. Talbot - Secretary

sculpture by Idaho artist Agnes Vincent Talbot May 2003
Erected 2003 by Sacajawea Monument Committee.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 43° 36.63′ N, 116° 12.336′ W. Marker is in Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker is on Julia Davis Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is mounted on a sculpture in front of the Idaho State Historical Museum in Julia Davis Park. Marker is in this post office area: Boise ID 83702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Urquides Village, Southern Edge, circa 1958 (approx. half a mile away); Jesus Urquides Packs a Mule, 1925 (approx. half a mile away); Maria Dolores (Lola) Binnard, circa 1910
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By Larry Wilson
3. Sacajawea and Pomp - Park Entrance
(approx. half a mile away); Jesus Urquides, Circa 1870 (approx. half a mile away); Airmail Service (approx. mile away); Boise State University (approx. mile away); Boise High School (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boise.
Regarding Sacajawea and Pomp. Sacajawea, from the Shoshone tribe, was taken in a raid and eventually became the wife of Toussaint Charbonneau, a French fur trapper. After the Lewis & Clark expedition wintered near their village, Charbonneau and Sacajawea left with the explorers in April of 1805. Sacajawea was about 16 and had given birth about two months earlier to her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, called "Pomp" (first born) by the Shoshone.

Sacajawea was not so much a guide as an encourager and supporter during the arduous trek over the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and back again. At one point she rescued the journals of the explorers after their canoes capsized in a turbulent river.

Her very presence, courageous spirit, and helpfulness has made her a legend in the history of the West, and an example of the pioneering spirit of women. There are many tributes
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By Larry Wilson
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to her from North Dakota to the Oregon coast, and many places carry her name still today.
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
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By Larry Wilson
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2014, by Larry Wilson of Wareham, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 24, 2014, by Larry Wilson of Wareham, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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