BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — A larger-than-life statue of Meriwether Lewis’ pet dog now stands watch over the Missouri River.
The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation dedicated the 6-foot-high, 1,400-pound steel statue of Seaman on Sunday, with about 20 friendly Newfoundlands in attendance from across the country.
Dave Borlaug, president of the foundation, said it’s the only stand-alone statue of its kind honoring the dog that accompanied members of the Lewis and Clark expedition two centuries ago, providing companionship and fetching game.
Members of the Newfoundland Club of America showed up from six states for the dedication.
“We are very proud of their heritage and what they have contributed to history,” said club vice president Sandy Lovett.
Borlaug said Seaman never left Lewis’ side. “When Lewis died in 1809, some historians believe he pined away at his graveside and never left,” Borlaug said