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.
ISBN: 9780738520278
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Dakota
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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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