|Leaving Pierre for Fort Pierre. You know it is pronounced "Peer," right?|
|Looking across the Missouri R. at Pierre, South Dakota, from the Verendrye Site.|
|There is a small public park at the site today.|
The French explorers placed their lead plate in a cairn, which fell down or was destroyed, but local children found it again in 1913.
Unlike the Thoen Stone, which is sort of the Kensington Runestone of South Dakota, the veracity of the Verendrye plate has never been questioned.
Found in 1887, the Thoen stone was supposedly cut by the last survivor of a group of gold prospectors who had entered the Black Hills illegally in 1834.. If you know the history of the Kensington Runestone, you can see a certain parallel: "I (we) am (are) the last survivor(s)"
|Looking downriver across Fort Pierre from the Verendrye Site.|