DAR Unveils Old Missouri Trail Monument Sunday Afternoon

Jun 9, 2019


Old Missouri Trail Monument, War Eagle Park

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A marker for a long-forgotten trail was dedicated in Sioux City’s War Eagle Park Sunday afternoon.   The Old Missouri Trail Monument marks a Native American and fur trappers’ trail that was being used long before white people settled the area.  The monument was first unveiled in May 1928 by the Martha Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The DAR’s Elizabeth Rosenbaum said the boulder was identified last May after Sioux City Journal retired photographer Ed Porter read about in the paper. And then others helped out, including Tom Munson at the Sioux City Public Museum. 

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“Tom Munson at the Museum found the original blueprint for our plaque. We started planning maps that talked about the Old Missouri River Trail, it just went, on and on and on.  So, we were very blessed.”  

Michael O'Connor, praying and singing at War Eagle Park Sunday

  Michael O’Conner, a member of the Yankton Sioux tribe, blessed the monument a Native American prayer and song, using burning sage.  O’Connor has been keeping War Eagle Park clean by hauling the trash out of the area.  The City of Sioux City also helped with the park clean up and monument refurbishment.  

You can hear more about the dedication this Wednesday at noon on The Exchange.