Medicine Painter: George Catlin on the Upper Missouri, 1832.  (Narrative: Page 5)

Fort Pierre. ŠUCDP 1997. University of Cincinnati Libraries.

Fort Pierre. Plate 85. Catlin. The Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians. London, 1892. Archives & Rare Books Department, University Libraries, University of Cincinnati.

 

Mouth of the Bad River. ŠUCDP 1997. Alice M. Cornell.

Mouth of the Bad River, South Dakota. Alice M. Cornell. 1997.


 

Site of Fort Pierre. ŠUCDP 1997. Alice M. Cornell.

Site of Fort Pierre Near Pierre, South Dakota. Alice M. Cornell. 1997.



Catlin’s first major stop was Fort Pierre, which served the trade with the Sioux. It was located on the west bank of the Missouri about three miles north of the mouth of the Teton River (now known as the Bad River) and about a quarter of a mile back from the Missouri itself. It was completed in 1832 to replace Fort Tecumseh which had been undermined by the river. The location looks much the same today. Between Catlin’s arrival on May 31 and his departure on June 5, the new post was christened in honor of Pierre Chouteau.

 
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