August 25, 1804, was a stiflingly hot day when members of the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery visited Spirit Mound. They came to the site because they had heard that little people with big heads inhabited the mound. At the mound the expedition didn't find any little people, but did find a "most butifull landscape." Years later, the Flood Control Act of 1944, authorized the construction of six main dams in the Missouri River Basin. In addition to flood control, the intent of this act was to provide hydroelectric power. With the damming of the river, most of the sites where the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped or visited are now underwater. There are very few places where a person can stand today and know that Lewis and Clark stood in the same exact location. Spirit Mound is one of those few special sites.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

We hiked to the top . it's where Lewis and Clark viewed buffalo and other wildlife during their expedition .Alot of history in the area. Nice little hike

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

My first hike and it was perfect for a beginner - a tiny bit of a challenge with the hill, but overall an easy little hike. Very enjoyable and a great view.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This trail affords one a great view of the Missouri River valley from its peak. It is easy to imagine the isolation Lewis and Clark must of felt hundreds of miles from civilization. A definate stop of your interested in history.