Discovers and Civilizers Led to the Source of the Mississippi

Edwin H Blashfield




Second Floor
Senate Chamber

Location Details

North Wall

Date Completed

Date Placed


Set in a northern Minnesota forest, in the center of the lunette sits the Manitou or Great Spirit. He is symbolically pouring water out of an urn to start the flow of the river. In front of him is a young American Indian woman and in a protective stance, an American Indian wearing an eagle feathered headdress. At the right are the explorers who searched for the source of the river. They are led by the Spirit of Discovery, who holds in her hand a compass. The left side of the lunette shows the civilizers, representing families and religion coming to this area led by the Spirit of Civilization.