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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.