Sgt. Floyd’s Monument

This memorial marks the grave of the only member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to die during the historic journey.
Sergeant Charles Floyd was a young man from Kentucky and he kept a journal on the expedition for ninety-nine days until he died on August 20, 1804, near the present day Sioux City, Iowa.
On the afternoon of August 20, 1804, Corps of Discovery soldiers accorded their deceased comrade all the honors of war. All the soldiers were in full dress uniform for the burial high on a “handsome spot on the bluff” overlooking the Missouri River.
The monument is a 100 foot sandstone obelisk and it was dedicated in 1901. In 1960 it became the first National Historic Landmark registered by the Natinoal park Service and U.S. Department of Interior.
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