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other supplies included 1 bag candle wicks, 2 boxes candles, 1 box soap,       Viewing Point:
        knives,  tools, cooking utensils, and medicines.  Measuring  instruments        1. Okobojo Point. Take SD Highway 1804 about sixteen miles north of
        included a sextant, chronometer, transit, and compass. The soldiers were          Pierre. After you pass the signs for Cow Creek and Spring Creek on the
        armed with single shot, muzzle-loading guns. A hunter could kill a deer           left, go north about two more miles. Turn left at the sign for Okobojo
        at about 100 yards. Supplies for guns consisted of flints, gunpowder, lead        Lake Access. Continue west to what is called Okobojo Point. From here
        balls, and powder horns. Bales of Indian presents, such as: medals, beads,        one can see a panoramic view of Lake Oahe and the backwaters of the
        combs, arm bands, twists of tobacco, and clothing were placed on board.           Oahe Dam. Near this point, both Cow Creek on the left, and Okobojo
        Quantities of each of the trip’s supply items were distributed among the          creek on the right flowed into the Missouri River.
        keelboat and the two rowboats, in case one of the vessels sunk.                   A second famous expedition also camped near this point. Sixty-nine

           Before leaving on the trip, the men were divided into messes of about       years,  after  Lewis  and  Clark  spent  the  night  here;  General  George  A.
        seven men each. Each mess, headed by a sergeant or one of the men,             Custer and the Seventh Cavalry camped here on May 23 & 24, 1873. The
        cooked their evening meal over a campfire on shore. One mess consisted         Seventh Cavalry consisting of 800 men, 700 horses, and numerous supply
        of Captains Lewis and Clark, and Clark’s servant. Cooking utensils and food    wagons were marching along the east bank of the Missouri on their way
        were taken off the boats to the camping site. The only meat on board           to Bismarck.
        was fifty kegs of salt pork; however, the meals en route usually included
        antelope, elk, deer, or buffalo shot by one of the hunters. Usually each
        mess  prepared  enough  food  so  there  would  be  leftovers  for  the  next   Afterword
        morning’s breakfast and noon lunch.                                               The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific coast on November
           Lewis and Clark began their journey up the Missouri River at its mouth      14, 1805. On their return trip to St. Louis, they camped in the timber
        near St. Louis on May 14, 1804. More than three months later on August         above Oahe Mission on August 25, 1806. At 8:00 a.m. August 26 they
        21, 1804, they arrived at the mouth of the Big Sioux River in what is now      passed Snake Butte and at 9:00 a.m. the mouth of the Bad River. That
        South Dakota. A month after that, on September 22, 1804, they camped           night they camped at the mouth of Dry Creek in Lyman County. They
        on the north side of the Missouri River at the mouth of Chapelle Creek.        reached St. Louis at noon, September 23,1806.
        (The creek is located twenty-two miles east of Pierre, SD, intersecting
        Highway 34, just east of the DeGrey Lakeside Use Area.)                        Mission Statement:
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