Atchison in Atchison County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
“the water...contains a half...Glass of ooze”
"The water we drink or the Common water of the missourie at this time, contains a half a Comm Wine Glass of ooze or mud to every pint-"
June 21, 1804
The Missouri River of Lewis and Clark's era was wild and unpredictable. It earned the nickname "Big Muddy" due to the abundance of sand, sediment, silt, and clay. In a constant state of change, the river cut side channels, chutes, eddies, boils, sandbars, backwaters, and oxbows - strong currents in some places, slow in others. The flowing water cut into riverbanks, undercutting shorelines and felling trees into the constantly moving water.
Over time, the river meandered back and forth across the flood plain, touching the base of each bluff in tight serpantine [sic] curves. Sometimes these tight "u" shapped [sic] curves would "pinch-off," leaving an oxbow lake stranded from the river. Today the river is a bit different from the times of Lewis and Clark. Channels are maintained for navigation and flood control. Dams further up the river provide power generation, irrigation, recreation, and flood control.
Erected 2004 by Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission and National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 39° 33.711′ N, 95° 6.827′ W. Marker is in Atchison, Kansas, in Atchison County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Commercial Street, on the right when traveling north on River Road. Click for map. Marker is at the Riverfront Park pavilion. Marker is in this post office area: Atchison KS 66002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homeland of the Kanza Indians (here, next to this marker); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (a few steps from this marker); "walked on Shore above this Creek" (a few steps from this marker); Lewis Discovers a High Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Under a large Cottonwood... (within shouting distance of this marker); Atchison Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Arizona Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Atchison WWI Factory Supported Freedom (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Atchison.
Also see . . .
1. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Atchison's Riverfront Park. (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.