Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
In 1833, the German Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer, his hired Swiss artist, ascended the Missouri River up to Fort McKenzie for the purpose of exploration and adventure. After staying at Fort McKenzie a little more than a month, they descended the River to Fort Clark where they spent the winter before returning to St. Louis. Maximilian kept a journal in which he recorded information on Indians and wildlife. Bodmer's paintings correspond well with Maximilian's journal and provide a visual record of his verbal descriptions. Taken together, the journal and paintings provide one of the best accounts of the Missouri River and adjacent plains prior to settlement. Figure 4 shows the route taken by this expedition.
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