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Return to "Elk Sign" Campsite Historical (HM1WKH)

Location: Elk Point, SD 57025 Union County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 40.999', W 96° 41.606'

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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 from the United States. Aird informed the party that President Jefferson had been reelected in November 1804, and that former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton had been killed in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

The Corps of Discovery's last communique to President Jefferson was dispatched with the returning keelboat from the Ft. Mandan winter camp, in the spring of 1805. The expedition received no news from the United States for more than two years - and with but one dispatch received, Jefferson feared that the explorers ad died en route or had been captured by Spanish military forces.

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James Aird gave the Captains their first news while taking shelter from the thunderstorm.

End of a Journey

The morning of September 4, 1806 found the expedition heading downriver with fresh stocks of flour and tobacco. Within three hours the Corps arrived at Floyd's Bluff to pay respects the Sgt. Charles Floyd, the expedition's only casualty. Twenty-three days later the Corps of Discovery arrived back in St. Louis to compete
their adventurous twenty-eight-month journey.

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"our first enquirey was after the President of our country and the State of politicks.. The State of Indian affairs...

William Clark, September 3, 1806
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Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series
Year Placed2001
Placed ByLewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 688971 N 4728228
Decimal Degrees42.68331667, -96.69343333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 40.999', W 96° 41.606'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 40' 59.94" N, 96° 41' 36.36" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-29, Elk Point SD 57025, US
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