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St. Charles in St. Charles County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Trail to Fort Osage

Eastern Trailhead

 

— Established August 25, 1808 —

 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. The Trail to Fort Osage Marker
Inscription.  The overland route linking St. Charles with the future sight of Fort Osage in present-day Jackson County was likely the earliest trail used by American settlers heading west. On its eastern end the trail passed in the vicinity of the later towns of Cottleville, Warrenton, Jonesburg, Mineola, Williamsburg, Franklin and Arrow Rock while following the ridges that divide the Missouri River and Mississippi River watersheds. In 1808, Louisiana's territorial Governor Meriwether Lewis assigned General William Clark to oversee construction of a combined military fort and government-trading post for trade with the local American Indian nations. Originally called Fort Clark, it would be renamed Fort Osage. On August 25, 1808. General Clark and a mounted company of 80 St. Charles dragoons consisting of 36 militia and 44 volunteers, set out for the site of the proposed fort with their guide, Nathan Boone son of Daniel Boone. They traveled 247 mile before reaching their intended destination 11 days later.
 
Erected 2010 by Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
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marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 25, 1808.
 
Location. 38° 46.54′ N, 90° 29.044′ W. Marker is in St. Charles, Missouri, in St. Charles County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Water Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 724 South Main Street, Saint Charles MO 63301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Rendezvous Site (a few steps from this marker); Farmer's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Missouri (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Collier Cottage (about 400 feet away); Home of Don Carlos Tayon (about 400 feet away); First Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri (about 400 feet away); Lewis & Clark Monument (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Charles.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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