Hugh Glass

The descendants of poet/author John Neihardt work to ease a 3,200-pound monument into place at the state historic site dedicated to Neihardt. The study in the background is where Neihardt wrote “The Song of Hugh Glass,” the subject of the monument. (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)

Mysterious monument for mountain man Hugh Glass has been moved to Nebraska

BY: - October 23, 2023

BANCROFT, Nebraska — A 3,200-pound concrete “altar of courage,” holding a mysterious and possibly valuable literary manuscript, found a new home Monday in this northeast Nebraska farm town. With the help of a powerful forklift, the monument, built by poet/author John Neihardt and others to honor the heroic crawl of mountain man Hugh Glass after […]

The Hugh Glass monument was originally placed on private ranchland near Lemmon, at the confluence of two forks of the Grand River. But it was later moved to make way for construction of a Bureau of Reclamation dam. (Courtesy of Joseph Weixelman)

Federal agency clarifies it would permit a replacement marker in South Dakota for mountain man

BY: - October 19, 2023

LINCOLN, Nebraska — A federal agency is clarifying its stance on allowing a replacement marker to be installed after the removal this upcoming weekend of a monument to the heroic odyssey of a 1800s mountain man in a remote corner of South Dakota. Elizabeth Smith, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, said Wednesday […]

The monument to Hugh Glass, as seen today, at its new location. (Courtesy of Joseph Weixelman)

Families of poet John Neihardt and South Dakota rancher seek ‘silver lining’ to removal of monument

BY: - October 16, 2023

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Later this week, a backhoe is scheduled to tear into the prairie along northwest South Dakota’s Shadehill Reservoir, removing a 100-year-old monument to the heroics of a mountain man. The removal of the small, concrete obelisk dedicated to the determination of Hugh Glass, who reportedly crawled 200 miles after surviving a vicious […]

The monument to Hugh Glass, as seen today, at its new location. (Courtesy of Joseph Weixelman)

Family of famed poet plans to breach century-old monument to unlock mystery inside

BY: - September 25, 2023

LINCOLN, Nebraska — After gaining federal permission, the family of a famed poet/author plans to trek to a remote corner of northwest South Dakota in October to retrieve a century-old monument dedicated to a heroic mountain man. The goal is to finally unlock a mystery hidden inside the monument, erected at the direction of writer […]

The Hugh Glass monument was originally placed on private ranchland near Lemmon, at the confluence of two forks of the Grand River. But it was later moved to make way for construction of a Bureau of Reclamation dam. (Courtesy of Joseph Weixelman)

Relative of famed author wants to find out what’s inside mysterious South Dakota monument

BY: - August 2, 2023

A lonely monument to the heroics of a frontier mountain man may surrender its secrets after all. That is, if someone can determine who actually owns the monument erected in 1923 to commemorate Hugh Glass, who purportedly crawled, limped and rafted 200 miles after being mauled by a bear and left for dead. This week, […]

The Hugh Glass monument was originally placed on private ranchland near Lemmon, at the confluence of two forks of the Grand River. But it was later moved to make way for construction of a Bureau of Reclamation dam. (Courtesy of Joseph Weixelman)

Group seeks to unlock mysteries surrounding South Dakota monument

BY: - June 9, 2023

On the windswept plains of South Dakota lies a lonely, century-old historical monument holding a literary mystery and wrapped up in a legal conundrum. The concrete capsule honors mountain man Hugh Glass, who crawled, limped and rafted 200 miles after being mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead by his colleagues in 1823 […]