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Related Web Sites:
Upper Mississippi River Valley history

Pikes Peak State Park

Zebulon Pike

The Other Pike's Peak


Read More About It

"Zebulon Pike" by Susan Sinnutt

"Zebulon Pike: Young America's Frontier Scout" by Bern Keating

"Zebulon Pike; Soldier and Explorer" by Leonard Wibberly


Vocabulary:

exploratory
expedition


Interesting Fact:

Pike's expedition was occuring at the same time as another group led by Lewis and Clark was exploring the Missouri River and the far northwest.


Study Questions:

  • Who sent Pike on his exploratory expedition and why?
  • Who did Pike meet in the Prairie du Chien area and what was significant about the meeting?
  • What happened next for Pike after exploring the upper Mississippi River area and returning to St. Louis?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Zebulon Pike:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on September 4:

    1781: Los Angeles is founded.
    1888: The Kodak trademark is registered by George Eastman.
    1917: The first American casualties occur in World War I.



  • September 4

    September 4, 1805: Lt. Zebulon M. Pike, for whom Pike's Peak was later named, reached Prairie du Chien on an exploratory expedition. It is believed the expedition raised the American flag for the first time in Wisconsin.


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