Spirit Mound

Spirit Mound (HMQJN)

Location: Vermillion, SD 57069 Clay County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 52.057', W 96° 57.366'

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This trail leads to the summit of Spirit Mound, a sacred site for several Plains Indian tribes. Some tribal members make pilgrimages to Spirit Mound, say prayers on top, and leave offerings. As you approach and walk to the top, please do so respectfully.

On clear days, the summit offers views as far away as the Big Sioux River to the southeast, the James River to the west, and the Nebraska Bluffs to the south. Before starting out on this 0.8-mile trail to the summit, be aware that there is neither water nor shade between here and the top.

INSET - Taking Measure: In his journal, William Clark described the mound as a "regular parallelagram...300 yards in length...[by] 60 or 70 yards...leaveing a leavel Plain on the top of 12 feet in width & 90 in length."

TRAIL MAP - Indicates that the sign is situated at 1200' elevation and the Spirit Mound Summit is at 1300' elevation. The trail crosses Spirit Mound Creek.

Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series
Placed BySpirit Mound Trust; South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks; and National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The sign is a part of the Missouri National Recreational River series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 666954 N 4748140
Decimal Degrees42.86761667, -96.95610000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 52.057', W 96° 57.366'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 52' 3.42" N, 96° 57' 21.96" 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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