The first homestead was filed on Spirit Mound in 1868. A pioneer recalled that looking north from the top of the mound, he could see only one tree. But the mound changed tremendously during the next 100 years. Settlers established two farmsteads, planted groves and divided fields with barbed wire. Land along the creek was pastured and a feedlot operated on the eastern slope. The prairie habitat disappeared, except for a five-acre remnant on the western side.
Preservation and restoration also came slowly. In 1986 a local group incorporated the Spirit Mound Trust, dedicated to saving the mound as a public resource.
The Trust's determined pursuit of this vision, under its long-term president, Larry Monfore, along with the Lewis and Clark Expedition bicentennial, led to the current project. Spirit Mound Historic Prairie results from a unique partnership among the Trust, the South Dakota Division of Parks & Recreation, and the National Park Service.
Spirit Mound Historic Prairie will be a permanent resource for those who wish to honor our history and to enjoy the biological richness of the tallgrass prairie. Recreating the prairie primeval may be impossible, but will always be the project partnership's goal.
INSET - Larry Monfore 1939-2003
|Series||This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 11:52am 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|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 46238-46248 312th St, Vermillion SD 57069, US|
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