The Sacajawea Rest pocket park in Darby has now been listed as one of three official sites in Ravalli County on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The pocket park was the brainchild of Gay Findley and the South Valley Civic Group. Findley said adding a little native culture to the downtown was something she always wanted to see and filling this boarded up empty lot on Main Street seemed like a good place to begin. Property owners Tom and Charlotte Robak were agreeable to the idea and have rented the space to the South Valley Civic Group for a nominal charge.
The group acquired a bronze statue of Sacajawea and her infant son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau made after the original piece by Jim Demetro, which stands in Fort Clatsop, Oregon. It was mounted in the park in October, 2017.
The most recent addition to the park is the decorative metal fence and entrance fabricated by the Darby High School students in Max Fiedler’s shop class. Findley came up with the design. She said when all was done, donations paid for the metal and the group was able to donate an additional $500 to the shop.
The second annual Sacajawea Day celebration is planned for July 7, 2018 at the park. There will be live music by Tin Cup Band, buggy rides, pie and ice cream, face painting and kid’s games, and a small car show.