Near St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Lewis and Clark
—Columbia Bottom, Missouri —
“The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principle stream of it, as, by its course & communication with the waters of the Pacific ocean… may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purpose of commerce."
“Beginning at the mouth of the Missouri, you will take observations of latitude and longitude at all remarkable points on the river, & especially at the mouths of rivers, at rapids, at islands & other places & objects distinguished by such natural marks and characteristics of a durable kind, as that they may with certainty be recognized hereafter. The course of the river between these points of observation may be supplied by the compass, the log-line & by time…”<
William Clark and the crew departed from Wood River on May 14, 1804. Clark, the mapmaker of the team, was joined by Meriwether Lewis on May 20 in St. Charles. The expedition explored the river with the 55-foot keelboat as their largest vessel.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 38° 48.827′ Touch for map. Marker is at the east end of the parking lot, at the very end of Upper Columbia Bottom Road, in the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12810 Columbia Bottom Road, Saint Louis MO 63138, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 0.9 miles away in Illinois); The Journey Begins Here (approx. 0.9 miles away in Illinois); Wanda Methodist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away in Illinois); Ruins of First State Prison in Illinois (approx. 6.4 miles away in Illinois); In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814 (approx. 6.8 miles away in Illinois); The Legend of the Piasa (approx. 7 miles away in Illinois); Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away in Illinois); Fort Russell (was approx. 8.7 miles away in Illinois but has been reported missing. ).
More about this marker. Text is the same as the marker at the headwaters of the Missouri River, near Three Forks, Montana
Categories. • Exploration • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 74 times this year. Last updated on October 15, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.