Spirit Mound State Historic Prairie

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Spirit Mound State Historic Prairie near Vermillion, South Dakota is a culturally and historically significant landmark. The isolated hill, known as Spirit Mound, holds a special place in Native American folklore, believed to be inhabited by magical little creatures. The Lewis and Clark Expedition documented their encounter with the mound in the early 19th century. Designated as a state historic site in 1961, visitors explore the area through a short trail, learning about the site's history, geology, and Native American legends. Spirit Mound State Historic Prairie offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of the Great Plains while connecting with the region's rich cultural heritage. (Submitted by Christine Peeples)