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Sacajawea Comes Home.

Sacajawea Comes Home

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Darby, Montana

According to the plaque accompanying this life-size statue, Sacajawea was "born only 90 miles from here" -- apparently close enough to qualify as home by Montana standards -- and thus "has returned to Darby" in bronze form. Sacajawea, according to the plaque, "passed through this spot" twice, as translator and guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition; once on the way west in 1805, and the second time a year later on the way back east.

Sacajawea Comes Home.

The statue, sculpted by James Demetro, was unveiled in October 2017 in a downtown pocket park, formerly the site of a building that had burned down.

Sacajawea is wrapped in a thin shawl and carries her baby Jean Bapiste Charbonneau, known as "Pomp," on her back. Her bronze lips were sculpted to appear cracked from the cold, and this is a statue that is best appreciated when the temperature is below freezing -- although it should be pointed out that Sacajawea's visits to Darby in both 1805 and 1806 came in summer.

Sacajawea Comes Home

211 N. Main St., Darby, MT
North side of downtown, in a little pocket park on the west side of US-93/N. Main St., between Missoula and miles Aves.
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