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White Cloud in Doniphan County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

 
 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2011
1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
After having been underwater for an extended period due to flooding
Inscription.
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana territory. Along the way, they mapped the land, recorded its resources, and contacted its native inhabitants.

The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it: rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago.

The United States purchased the Louisiana territory - more than 830,000 square miles - from France in 1803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis (far left) to lead an expedition there.

With Jefferson's permission, Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer, William Clark (left), to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, they worked harmoniously throughout the two-year journey.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 39° 58.715′ 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 1, 2011
2. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
At left under pavilion, with silt from Missouri River flooding in foreground
N, 95° 17.645′ W. Marker is in White Cloud, Kansas, in Doniphan County. Marker is on State Highway 7 near Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is under the pavilion in the riverfront park. Marker is in this post office area: White Cloud KS 66094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "the water...contains a half...Glass of ooze" (a few steps from this marker); Homeland of the Kanza Indians (a few steps from this marker); July 10, 1804 (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilbur Chapman (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); "abounds with Beaver" (approx. 7.7 miles away); Irvin Hall (approx. 8.3 miles away); Highland Community College (approx. 8.3 miles away); Rubeti Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in White Cloud.
 
More about this marker. The marker was underwater for an extended period in the summer/fall of 2011 due to severe flooding caused by record winter snowfall and record late-May rain far upriver.
 
Regarding The Lewis and Clark Expedition. Map and Portrait photos copied from an indentical marker in Atchison, Kansas.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail.
Map on The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service
3. Map on The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
(Submitted on June 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. National Geographic: Lewis and Clark. (Submitted on June 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Discovering Lewis and Clark. (Submitted on June 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on June 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. The Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on June 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWaterways & Vessels
 
Portraits The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
4. Portraits The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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