La Verendrye Site

Off U.S. 83, Fort Pierre, South Dakota



Here, in late March 1743, the Verendryes, the first Europeans to explore the northern plains region of the present United States, secreted a lead plate beneath a pile of stones. Sixty-one years before Lewis and Clark first arrived in this area, these French explorers, in search of a Northwest Passage to the Pacific, lay the basis for French sovereignty on the Upper Missouri, seeking to define the bounds of French Louisiana to include the entire Mississippi River drainage. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 17, 1991

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 7, 1974
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Current function
Periods of significance
1700-1749; 1900-1924
Significant years
1743; 1913
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing objects: 1