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Lewis and Clark Heritage Days

The first Heritage Days Festival drew visitors from 11 different states and involved participants from 11 different South Dakota communities.

Dozens of tents and tepees dotted the Elk Point City Park as pioneer re-enactors performed for visitors and displayed their crafts.

The highlight of the festival weekend came on Sunday, August 22, when the Elk Point community reenacted the election of Private Patrick Gass to succeed the deceased Sergeant Charles Floyd, who amazingly was the only casualty on the long trip. The election happened near present-day Elk Point on August 22, 1804.

The festival has been an annual even since then.

The Lewis & Clark Wayside Exhibit is located in the southwest corner of Heritage Park in the City Park. Included in the exhibit are interpretive panels detailing the Elk Point chapter of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Location:Elk Point South Dakota 57025 Telephone 605-356-2310

Other History nearby:
Clay County Historical Society
Coughton Court
Gavins Point Powerplant
(Michigan City)
Great Lakes Museum of Military History
(Elk Point)
Lewis and Clark Heritage Days
Riverfront Events Center

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