August 25, 1804On the hot day of August 25, 1804, captains Lewis and Clark and several of their men walked from the river to explore Spirit Mound. They had heard that little people with deadly arrows inhabited the mound. Although they did not find little people, they saw their big herds of buffalo as well as elk, burrows of either badgers or "Prairie Wolves" (coyotes), meadowlarks, swallows, and the first bat they had seen on the expedition. Suffering from heat and thirst, they walked back to the river.
"From the top of this Mound we beheld a most beautiful landscape; Numerous herds of buffaloes were seen feeding in various directions." Wm. Clark
"25th Augt George Shannon Killed an Elk Buck" Wm. Clark
Paintings by Ron Backer
|Series||This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series|
|Placed By||The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation played key roles in restoring the site. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks manages the Spirit Mount Historic Prairie|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:43am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 667001 N 4748134|
|Decimal Degrees||42.86755000, -96.95553333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 52.053', W 96° 57.332'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 52' 3.18" N, 96° 57' 19.92" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 46238-46248 312th St, Vermillion SD 57069, US|
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