Sioux City in Woodbury County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Lewis & Clark Expedition
In 1804-1806, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery on an epic journey. Charged by President Thomas Jefferson to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana territory, they mapped the land, recorded its resources, and met with and learned from 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. Today, visitors can travel in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark to share in the diverse perspectives of the Expedition and to gain a better understanding of the history of the United States.
In preparation for the journey, Meriwether Lewis took crash courses in medicine, botany, zoology, and celestial observation. With President Jefferson's permission Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer, William Clark to be co-leader. Clark brought his skills as an outdoorsman, a geographer and map-maker. Although opposite
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1804.
Location. 42° 29.473′ N, 96° 25.086′ W. Marker is in Sioux City, Iowa, in Woodbury County. Marker is on Larsen Park Road. Marker is located on the riverfront at Larsen Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux City IA 51103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. M.V. Sergeant Floyd (here, next to this marker); Prospect Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pacific Short Line Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pacific Short Line Bridge (Nebraska Side) (approx. 0.4 miles away in Nebraska); The Spirit of Siouxland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 1.8 miles away); MA1 (EXW) John Douangdara (approx. 1.9 miles away in Nebraska); Floyd Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.