First Election in Northwestern United States
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N 42° 41.128 W 096° 40.976
14T E 689825 N 4728490
Quick Description: Lewis and Clark reached a point in what is now Sioux City Iowa on August 20, 1804 near the mouth of the Floyd River.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 7/24/2006 11:44:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ3Y
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Long Description:
Sergeant Charles Floyd who had been taken sick with a "Biliose Chorlick" the day before died near a bluff on the east side of the river. The small river was named for him. The next day they passed the Big Sioux and on the evening of the 22nd they tied up on the north bank of the river at a point they even then called Elk Point, on account of the elk seen in the vicinity. The two captains, who shared their leadership as well as a partnership (each partner having exact equality), conducted their own primary election and nominarted privates Pat Gass and George Gibson, and William Bratton for the vacancy left by Floyds death. This was the 1st election ever held in the Louisiana Purchase and the Northwestern part of the US. Pat Gass was the winner with nineteen out of a possible 27 votes.
Marker Name: First Election in Northwestern United States

Marker Type: City

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