Chief Thundercloud at the Pike County Historical Society
Chief Thundercloud, the famous American Indian, believed to be the model for the nickel as well as the last five dollar gold piece minted in the United States, came from Dingmans Ferry in Pike County. He was a scout with the United States Army, worked in show business with P.T. Barnum as well as the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, and posed for leading American artists such as Fredrick Remington and John Singer. After viewing the American Indian artifacts at The Columns, as well as the exhibit dedicated to Father Craft, who lived for many years in Pike County and was a missionary and educator working with the Indians in the Dakotas, you might want to visit the gravesite of Chief Thundercloud in the Dingmans Ferry Cemetery.