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The Onawa Chapter DAR was organized October 22, 1910.  The beautiful Indian name of Onawa was given to the chapter the night of organization.  On the chapter list were the names of three daughters of Timothy Elliott, one of the founders of the little village in 1857, and the one who gave it the name "Onawa," which means "Wide Awake."


In 1921, the Onawa Chapter DAR placed a marker commemorating the site of the Lewis and Clark Camp.  The marker is located in Monona county, 2 miles west of Onawa on State Highway 175. It is on the west side of Blue Lake, not far from the bath house and parking area. This area is also known as Lewis and Clark Park.  The history of the area states that Lewis and Clark camped at this site during the month of August 1804. This was their second campground on their exploratory trip up the Missouri River and west to the Pacific Ocean.






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