Sacajawea and Pomp
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 43° 36.630 W 116° 12.336
11T E 564105 N 4828919
Quick Description: This bronze sculpture of Sacajawea, the only woman on the famed Lewis and Clark expedition stands in front of the Idaho Historical Museum in Julia Davis Park in Boise, Idaho.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 6:38:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMDZ82
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
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Long Description:

Text of the plaque:

Sacajawea was a Lemhi Shoshoni Indian born near Salmon, Idaho around 1790. She was the only Idaho native, and the only female, to be a member of the famed Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" expedition that opened up the American west. Sacajawea carried her infant son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (nicknamed "Pomp" by William Clark), in the grueling expedition from the Mandan village at present-day North Dakota over the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and back. She proved to be indispensable to the success of one of the greatest explorations in all of American history. This monument is dedicated to Sacajawea whose bravery, strength, and resourcefulness earned her a permanent place in American history.

Significant funding for this monument was provided by the school children of Idaho through the "Coins for Sacajawea" educational program. This project was also partially funded by grants provided by the Idaho Governor's Lewis and Clark Trail Committee and the Idaho State Historical Society. Private donations from individual provided major funding for the Sacajawea Monument. We would especially like to recognize noted historians Dr. Carol Lynn MacGregor of Boise, Idaho, and Mr. Kenneth Thomasma of Jackson, Wyoming for their generous contributions. Idaho corporations made notable contributions to help create the Sacajawea Monument. We would especially like to acknowledge Washington Group International, Inc. of Boise, Idaho.

We would like to thank the Sacajawea Monument Committee for their dedicate work on this project:

Mr. Don Riley - Chairman Mr. Charles Fisher - Vice-Chairman Mr. Kevin E. Talbot - Secretary


Sacajawea, from the Shoshone tribe, was taken in a raid and eventually became the wife of Toussaint Charbonneau, a French fur trapper. After the Lewis & Clark expedition wintered near their village, Charbonneau and Sacajawea left with the explorers in April 0f 1895. Sacajawea was about 16 and had given birth about two months earlier to her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, called "Pomp" (first born) by the Shoshone.

Sacajawea was not so much a guide as an encourager and supporter during the arduous trek over the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and back again. At one point she rescued the journals of the explorers after their canoes capsized in a turbulent river.

Her very presence, courageous spirit, and helpfulness has made her a legend in the history of the West, and an example of the pioneering spirit of women. There are many tributes to her from North Dakota to the Oregon coast, and many places carry her name still today.

Some useful sources:

Biography Base
Roots Web
Wikipedia: Sacagawea
Mountain City Elementary Corner

Marker Name: Sacajewa and Pomp

Marker Type: City

Marker Text:
see detailed description above

County: Ada

City: Boise

Date Dedicated: 2003

Group Responsible for Placement: Sacajawea Monument Committee

Web link(s) for additional information:
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Marker Number: Not listed

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