In the afternoon of May 9, we came in view of an
isolated grassy prominence held in awe by the local tribes for miles
around, and known to them as Paka Wakan. it was said to be inhabited by
spirit people18 inches tall with remarkably tall heads, armed with sharp
arrows that killed any man who came near.
The captains dispatched a detachment of
volunteers to investigate the mysterious mound. After an arduous climb of
15 minutes the detachment gained the summit. encountering no spirit
people, a thorough search revealed a seemingly bottomless hole in the
ground near the height of land. After some discussion it was concluded
that the spirit people had observed our superior force and took refuge in
the hole in order to avoid confrontation.
After admiring the grand view extending in all
directions, the detachment returned to the main party without incident.
Sgts. Ian & Carolyn Clark
(note: this is Spirit Mound near Vermilion, SD.
This report is modeled after that of Meriwether Lewis when he
climbed the same hill back in September, 1804. In addition to the Clarks,
the other brave members of the detachment were: Tom O'Brien, Bill
Link, Roland & Nancy Pascal, E.L. & Patricia Smoogen, B.J. Leschen, Denise Norman
and Janice Keasley.)