Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
May 5 - 21, 2004

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May 9, 2004.  At Onawa, Iowa we saw a different set of replica boats.

From Onawa we proceeded on to Sioux city and the site of a monument to the only member of the Corps of Volunteers for NorthWestern Discovery to die on the expedition, Sgt. Charles Floyd.

Our Iowa site hosts Janice & Denise from Iowa Western Community College. Our driver Galen

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.)

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