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Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Westwardly by the Waters

Albert Gallatin letter to Thomas Jefferson, April 13, 1803

 
 
<i>Westwardly by the Waters</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 21, 2014
1. Westwardly by the Waters Marker
Inscription.

In 1803 the Missouri River carried the hopes of the young United States in its dark and unpredictable waters. President Thomas Jefferson sought a "direct & practicable water communication across the continent, for the purposes of commerce." The Missouri River would be a corridor to increased American trade and wealth.

Traveling west against the current, the Expedition entered the lands of the recently acquired Louisiana Purchase. Along this watery path, the explorers would meet the people who had called this land home for many generations. With each mile the Expedition traveled on the Missouri River, the United States pushed westward.

The Indians of this neighborhood inform us, that the Missouri is navigable nearly to its source, and...at a distance not exceeding half a [day's] march, there is a large river...We believe this stream to be the...Columbia river...we shall probably find but little difficulty in passing to the Ocean.
Meriwether Lewis letter to his mother, March 31, 1805
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 41° 15.903′ N, 95° 55.424′ W. Marker is
<i>Westwardly by the Waters</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 21, 2014
2. Westwardly by the Waters Marker
Missouri River and Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in background
in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the National Park Service Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha NE 68102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. the Council was held (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Lewis...will...give us accounts of new things only (within shouting distance of this marker); Nature exerted herself to butify the Senery (within shouting distance of this marker); endeavor to make yourself acquainted...with...the nations (within shouting distance of this marker); A River of Hope (within shouting distance of this marker); People, Places, and Stories (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving Our Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); A River of Change (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Omaha.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on March 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on March 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Lewis and Clark Expedition Discoveries and Tribes Encountered. (Submitted on March 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansPatriots & PatriotismWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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