FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brought a gathering in Fort Pierre of the Regional Meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. People from several states attended the meeting-which was sponsored by the Encounters on the Prairie Central South Dakota Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The three day meeting commemorated what many believe to be the 200th anniversary of the death of Sacagawea-the Native American interpreter that assisted Lewis and Clark on a portion of their expedition more than 200 years ago. Saturday’s meeting schedule included a rededication of a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Panel that was damaged by last year’s flood waters. The panel is one of two Lewis and Clark related signs that were placed in Fort Pierre’s Fischer Lilly Park before the 2004 bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Bill Stevens, President of the Encounters on the Prairie chapter says the panels tell the Lewis and Clark story and are placed near the location near where Lewis and Clark met with a group of Native Americans in what is now Fort Pierre more than 200 years ago. He says organizers planned the sign rededication to coincide with the weekend gathering of Lewis and Clark enthusiasts.
Fort Pierre’s Director of Public Works, Brad Lawrence says the new sign replaces a previous marker that sustained significant damage as part of last year’s flood.
Lawrence says several changes have been seen at Fischer Lilly Park in the past ten years. He says that area was reclaimed to serve mainly as a park and mobile homes that were on part of the property were moved out. The work was done to make sure the area would be noted mostly as a signature Lewis and Clark historical spot. He says the park was damaged in the flood, but significant progress has been made to recover the area in the past year.
Stevens says now that one panel has been replaced; the replacement for the second damaged panel will be put up-hopefully in the next few months.
For more information on the work of the local Lewis and Clark chapter, visit their website at www.eotp.net.
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