Kansas City in Wyandotte County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
“we determin to delay at this Place”
"...we determin to delay at this Place three or four Days to make observations & recruit the party..."
Captain William Clark
June 27, 1804
On June 26, 1804, the U.S. Army expedition led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark stopped at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. The men had a very busy three days repairing their damaged pirogue, drying their supplies, and observing the animals. The officers dealt with a discipline problem; one man received fifty lashes and another received one hundred lashes for becoming drunk on guard duty. This was the first discipline problem, since leaving St. Charles, Missouri, that led to a court martial.
The men built a small fort of logs and brush called a redoubt on a piece of land between the Kaw and Missouri Rivers (today known as Kaw Point) to serve as defense against any potential Indian attack.
A Series of Firsts
As Lewis and Clark passed through here, they had a series of "firsts."
The expedition saw buffalo for the first time. Captain Lewis also observed and described the Carolina Parkakeet [sic] for the first and only time during the journey.
[Background illustration] "Far removed from the Sivilised world..." Image courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Erected by National Park Service and Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 39° 6.99′ N, 94° 36.641′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Kansas, in Wyandotte County. Click for map. Marker is at the pavilion in Lewis and Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City KS 66115, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lewis and Clark Expedition (here, next to this marker); Encampment at Kaw's Mouth - June 26-29, 1804 (here, next to this marker); Homeland of the Kanza Indians (a few steps from this marker); "the water...contains a half...Glass of ooze" (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark at Kaw Point / Kaw Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Bird Woman's Trail The Cruise-Scroggs Mansion (approx. half a mile away); Commissioner Thomas F. Lally (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
Also see . . .
1. History of Lewis and Clark at Kaw Point. (Submitted on March 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on March 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on March 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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