How Lake DeSmet Got Its Name
Father Jean DeSmet was the first recorded Catholic priest in the Bighorn region. He traveled on a mission from Termonde, Belgium, to the Rocky Mountains in 1840, introducing the native residence to Christianity. There was even a river boat named after him! Father DeSmet also carried out peace negotiations with the Sioux. His words of peace proved so effective that the Sioux agreed to sign a peace treaty at Fort Laramie. Pierre-Jean DeSmet died on May 23, 1873. A monument in his name is located just North of the Resort.