Around the Town By Bonnie Sorensen "From the top of the Mound we beheld a most beautiful landscape," Captain William Clark, August 25, 1804.
The Lewis & Clark Bicentennial is only a few short years away. August 25, 2004 marks the 200th year since Lewis & Clark stood atop Spirit Mound and noted in their journals the beautiful landscape. Tourists are already making their treks along the 3,700 mile trail. In our own backyard is Spirit Mound, the most identifiable site in South Dakota and only one of two along the entire Lewis & Clark Trail. Vermillion businesses stand to benefit economically from the flow of tourists, not to mention the publicity we will be receiving prior to the bicentennial.
The Tourism Committee of the Chamber of Commerce is busy planning a Lewis & Clark Awareness evening, Aug. 25 starting at 6 p.m. at the W.H. Over Museum. Plans include recruiting interested parties to bring their spirit to start planning a yearly festival on Aug. 25 leading up to the bicentennial. The Vermillion Chamber of Commerce is asking our community to join in to support the preservation and promotion of the legacy of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Help Vermillion interpret the history and recapture the spirit of Spirit Mound and the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. See you Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at the W.H. Over Museum.