Historic Vermillion and Clay County

Historic Vermillion and Clay County


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From its earliest settlement in the Vermillion River Valley, Vermillion and Clay County has long been a coveted region in the Dakota Territory. Once inhabited by Omaha and Ponca tribes, the area was later home to the Dakota Indians. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sent the Lewis and Clark expedition to the area to survey the territory. In August of 1804, Lewis and Clark stood atop Spirit Mound and surveyed the beautiful landscape we know now as Clay County.

Throughout the years, Native Americans, pioneers, frontiersman, farmers, and merchants have made Clay County home. Historic Vermillion and Clay County captures the history, development, and changing landscape of the area in almost 200 vintage images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531613792
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/13/2002
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Author Elizabeth Theiss Smith is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota with a joint appointment to the Farber Center for Civic Leadership. The proceeds from this book will go to benefit the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Clay County Historical Society, organizations dedicated to preserving and documenting the rich history of the county.

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