Lewis and Clark Visit Spirit Mound

Lewis and Clark Visit Spirit Mound (HMQJL)

Location: Vermillion, SD 57069 Clay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 52.053', W 96° 57.332'

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August 25, 1804

On 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 ByThe 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
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 667001 N 4748134
Decimal Degrees42.86755000, -96.95553333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 52.053', W 96° 57.332'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 52' 3.18" N, 96° 57' 19.92" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 46238-46248 312th St, Vermillion SD 57069, US
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