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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 14, 2016
Lewis & Clark's Historical Markers
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — A Land of Plenty
Beginning their journey on a diet of salt pork, lard with flour, and Indian meal (ground corn), Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the other members of the Corps of Discovery, went on to taste nearly everything the West had to offer - through . . . — Map (db m100915) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — Elk Point
Lewis & Clark camped here and said much ‘elk sign’ on August 22, 1804 and held first election in northwest that evening. In 1856, the Sioux City-Ft. Randall Military Road passed hereby. Eli Wixson arrived on 22 July 1859 and built a log . . . — Map (db m100896) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — Entering an Uncertain Land
The Missouri River Valley, up to this location, was well-known to French and British fur trappers. For decades, trappers navigated down the Big Sioux River and the lower Missouri toward St. Louis. Due to the intimidating presence of the Yankton . . . — Map (db m100914) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — Giants in the Earth Country — Ole Edvart Rolvaag's First Home in America, 1896-1898
When the famous Norwegian-American novelist Rolvaag (1876-1931) came to America, he worked on the 200-acre farm of Severt Eidem (NE quarter, Section 12, and 40 acres, Section 1, Brule Township), two miles north of this corner. Rolvaag's first book . . . — Map (db m101251) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — Lewis & Clark Campsite / Eli Wixson Farm Site
Lewis & Clark Campsite The Missouri River has carved many channels in its history. One such channel curved through the western edge of Elk Point creating the area now known as Heritage Park. On August 22, 1804, Captain William Clark . . . — Map (db m100821) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — Return to "Elk Sign" Campsite
The Corps of Discovery returned to this location after a two-year absence on September 3, 1806. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark found their "Elk sign" campsite occupied by James Aird, a Scottish fur trader. They pressed him eagerly for news . . . — Map (db m100912) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — St. Paul Lutheran Church — One and one-fourth miles
Stately church edifices frequently have humble beginnings and so with St. Paul Lutheran Church, one of South Dakota's finest. The humble log church pictured hereon was erected in 1867 by the members of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation . . . — Map (db m92706) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — The Lewis and Clark Expedition
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired . . . — Map (db m100917) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Elk Point — U.S. Democracy Crosses the Mississippi River
While camped at the "Elk Sign" campsite on August 22, 1804, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark acted to replace Sergeant Charles Floyd, who had taken ill and died two days earlier. They called for the Corps of Discovery to vote on . . . — Map (db m100916) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Jefferson — Grasshopper Cross
The Huge wooden cross in the cemetery, replaced the rude one erected on that day in May, 1876, when Father Pierre Boucher led his pilgrimage of Catholic & Protestant marchers back to Jefferson, after an eleven mile trek seeking Divine Intervention . . . — Map (db m92759) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Jefferson — St. Peter's Church — Jefferson
The vicinity of Jefferson, even before the organization of Dakota Territory in 1861, was a French - Canadian community and Catholic services were held sporadically prior to the advent of Father Pierre Boucher in 1867. In 1862 a small log building . . . — Map (db m92762) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Richland — Fort Brule
This granite block erected by the Old Settlers Association of Union County, South Dakota, marks the site of Fort Brule Built in 1862 by soldiers and settlers as protection against renegade and hostile Indians. Abandoned in 1868 Dismantled . . . — Map (db m93600) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Richland — Richland Methodist Episcopal Church — 1/4 Mile ->
Rev. S.W. Ingham, a travelling Missionary, in 1861 baptized Minnesota Watson, daughter of Thomas and Adeline Watson, who with A.J. Bell and wife were its earliest members in the Brule Creek community. The Indian War of the Outbreak in August 1862 . . . — Map (db m93599) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Spink — St. Mary's Catholic Church — Garryowen, South Dakota
Front The first parish in Garryowen was organized in 1879. St. Mary's Church and cemetery were located together on five acres of land donated by Patrick Mahan. The church eventually became too small for a growing community and a larger . . . — Map (db m93597) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Vermillion — Homestead Rest Area
The rich farm country of southeast South Dakota lies in the triangle formed as the Missouri River, to the west, and the Big Sioux River, east of here, flow toward their confluence about 37 miles southeast of this point. This was the land that drew . . . — Map (db m92824) HM
South Dakota (Union County), Vermillion — The Great Missouri River — Missouri National Recreational River
The Missouri, the continent's longest river, figures prominently in the unfolding of America's saga. Flowing nearby in its 2,341 - mile course from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi, the Big Muddy is not only loaded with sediment but steeped in . . . — Map (db m92825) HM

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