George Shannon, the youngest and most educated in the Corps of Discovery, was lost for 16 days in the area of present day northeast Nebraska.
Sixteen Communities and two tribes have joined together and created 12 Private Shannon and One Lewis and Clark Statue — all hand carved and life-size! If you collect the 12 private Shannon stamps and 1 Lewis and Clark stamp you will receive a beautiful print of Private Shannon!
Communities along the trail that have the statues are Bloomfield, Crofton, Lindy, Santee (Ohiya Casino), Niobrara, Verdigre, Winnetoon, Center, Creighton, Wausa, Hartington, and the Wynot Area which is St. Helena, St. James, Bow Valley and Wynot (the statue is located in Wynot) and the Lewis and Clark statue is located in Verdel.
If you collect all 13 stamps from the communities above you will receive a limited edition print of Private Shannon complete with a poem –from artist Ray Kelly of Tea, South Dakota and poet Edward Cook.
We hope you can take time to follow the Historic Shannon Trail and enjoy the beautiful scenery and sites along the way.
Shannon Trail Promoters will be celebrating 15 years in 2016
Communities and Tribes that belong to the Shannon Trail Promoters Tourism Organization
Verdigre ~ Center ~ Winnetoon ~ Creighton ~ Wausa ~ Bloomfield ~ Hartington ~ Bow Valley ~ St. James ~ Wynot ~ St. Helena ~ Crofton ~ Lindy ~ Santee ~ Santee Sioux Tribe ~ Niobrara ~ Ponca Tribe of Nebraska ~ Verdel
Mission Statement of the Shannon Trail Promoters:
We, the Shannon Trail Promoters, support communities of the trail, in order to bring economic Opportunities to our towns, villages and tribes by making Lewis and Clark and its history come alive. We open our communities to share the heritages as they are now and as they were then by focusing on the cooperative efforts that made the Corps of Discovery possible, and today, make the Shannon Trail a reality.
Officers for 2016
Laurie Larsen – President Bloomfield
Sally Gubbels – Vice President Bloomfield
Shirley Kehne – Secretary Winnetoon
Social Media Director – Sharon Braun Crofton
Books and Treasurer – Kayla Fiedler Bloomfield
Sally Snowe Wynot, Herb Bengston Wausa, Bonnie Ruzicka Verdigre, Shirley Dangler Yankton, Marlin Braun Crofton.
Consider being a member – It’s a great way to meet new friends!