Monday, April 6, 2015

Local History - Sacajawea

Sacajawea
Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
Several days ago, I shared some information about Chief Washakie, an Eastern Shoshone chief whose grave is located near Fort Washakie, WY.

I returned to the area last week to locate the gravesite of Sacajawea, the young Shoshone woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their journey to the Pacific Ocean.

Sacajawea and her two sons' gravesites
Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
Controversy surrounds Sacajawea and her death, but I feel strongly that she is indeed buried in Wyoming for two reasons: her sons. Their graves are adjacent to hers on this windswept hillside on the Wind River Indian Reservation where the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes reside.

Baptiste Charbonneau
Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
Bazil
Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
The mystery surrounding Sacajawea, her death, and her burial are what make history intriguing.

Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015



9 comments:

  1. Nicely done; you got such good pictures of her grave site and the cemetery.

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  2. You are an explorer too Nancy! I so enjoyed seeing the photos! :)

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  3. So interesting and fun to see the actual stones of names that I've heard of so often in history! Thanks, Nancy!

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  4. What a cool cemetery. Thanks for the images. And yes, any mother would want to be by her sons!

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  5. How interesting! I always wondered why she went along on the trip in her condition. Do you know when she was born?

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  6. A lot of good information on those headstones! I love old cemeteries. I've spent many days walking up and down the rows reading the history written there.

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  7. im related to sacajewea by marriage and this is sooo interesting to find out my 4* great uncle Robert weir dempsey married Bright star or Margaret stevens/dempsey and bright star was her great niece

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