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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Captains climb a high hill and place a flag on the grave of Blackbird, an Omaha chief who actively traded with the whites. They continue up the Missouri River camping near present Badger Lake, Iowa.

From the journals...

Capt. Lewis myself & 10 men assended the Hill on the L. S. under which there was Some fine Springs to the top of a high point where the Mahars King Black Bird was burried 4 years ago

William Clark

Blackbird Hill

Painting of a small group looking over the Missouri River from Blackbird Hill

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by Split Rock Studios.

a mound of earth about 12 Diamuter at the base & 6 feet high is raised over him turfed, and a pole 8 feet high in the Center on this pole we fixed a white flage bound with red Blue & white

William Clark

Indian Presentation Flag

Painting of a small group looking over the Missouri River from Blackbird Hill

Picture from Lewis and Clark Across the Divide by Carolyn Gilman. Smithsonian Books, page 192. ©2003 by the Smithsonian Institution with all rights reserved.