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New Haven in Franklin County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

 
 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 11, 2017
1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
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 l803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition there.

With Jefferson's permission, Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer, William Clark, to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, they worked harmoniously throughout the two year journey.

Route of the Expedition
July 5, 1803: Lewis left Washington, D.C.
July
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8, 1803: Lewis acquired arms from Harpers Ferry arsenal
July-August, 1803:Lewis gathered supplies in Pittsburgh
October, 1803: Clark joined Lewis in Louisville, Kentucky
Winter, 1803-04: Camp Wood
May 14, 1804: Left Camp Wood
August 3, 1804: First Council with Indians
August 20, 1804: Sgt. Floyd died
September 25-28, 1804: Confronted by Teton Sioux Indians
Winter 1804-05: Built Fort Mandan (winter quarters)
June 13, 1805: First arrived at Great Falls of the Missouri
August 30, 1805: Purchased horses from Shoshoni Indians
Sep 26 – Oct 7, 1805: Built canoes with help from Nez Perce Indians
November 15, 1805: Arrived at mouth of Columbia River
Winter 1805-06: Built Fort Clatsop (winter quarters)
March 23, 1806: Started return trip
July 3, 1806: Expedition Split
July 27, 1806: Clash with Blackfeet Indians
August 11, 1806: Captain Lewis accidentally shot
August 12, 1806: Lewis and Clark rejoined
September 23, 1806: Arrived in St. Louis

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker (<i>view showing marker mounted on kiosk wall</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 11, 2017
2. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker (view showing marker mounted on kiosk wall)
. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition series lists.
 
Location. 38° 36.894′ N, 91° 12.781′ W. Marker is in New Haven, Missouri, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Miller Street, on the left when traveling east on Miller Street. Marker is located at the kiosk in the center of John Colter Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Haven MO 63068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colter's Escape from the Blackfeet (here, next to this marker); Private John Colter (here, next to this marker); From the Mountains to Missouri (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Private John Colter (a few steps from this marker); New Haven (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Private John Colter (a few steps from this marker); Historic New Haven (a few steps from this marker); The Iron Horse Arrives (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Haven.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lewis & Clark Expedition. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson guided a splendid piece of foreign diplomacy
Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible back left wall of kiosk</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 11, 2017
3. Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker (wide view; marker visible back left wall of kiosk)
through the U.S. Senate: the purchase of Louisiana territory from France. After the Louisiana Purchase Treaty was made, Jefferson initiated an exploration of the newly purchased land and the territory beyond the "great rock mountains" in the West. He chose Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition, who in turn solicited the help of William Clark. Together they formed a diverse military Corps of Discovery that would undertake a two-year journey to the great ocean. (Submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Expedition Begins. Lewis entrusted Clark to recruit men for their “Corps of Volunteers for Northwest Discovery.” Throughout the winter of 1803-1804, Clark recruited and trained men at Camp DuBois north of St. Louis, Missouri. He chose unmarried, healthy men who were good hunters and knew survival skills. The expedition party included 45 souls including Lewis, Clark, 27 unmarried soldiers, a French-Indian interpreter, a contracted boat crew and a slave owned by Clark named York. (Submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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