“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Wood River in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 27, 2019
1. Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Inscription.  Meriwether Lewis and William Clark originally planned to camp west of the Mississippi River during the winter of 1803-04. Carlos Dehault Delassus, the Spanish commandant at St. Louis, however, had not received formal notification from his government of the Louisiana Purchase and would not permit the expedition to cross the river. Thus in the middle of December, 1803, Clark led about twenty-five men to the winter camp on the American side at the mouth of the Wood River, then 1.25 miles southwest of this site.

At Camp River Dubois Lewis and Clark gathered supplies, compiled information and trained their men. Originally there were nine Kentuckians, fourteen soldiers, two French watermen, one hunter-interpreter and Clark's Negro servant at the camp. They were energetic, healthy individualists who did not accept discipline willingly. During the winter Lewis reprimanded several men for refusing to obey the orders of their officers, failing to perform sentry duty and making "hunting of other business a pretext to cover their design of visiting a neighbouring whiskey shop...."

Additional recruits enlisted for the first part of the
Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 27, 2019
2. Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Marker is in front of a wooded area
trip through hostile Indian country and in the spring three boats loaded with provisions, ammunition and merchandise were prepared for the long journey from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean and back. On May 14, 1804, Clark and about forty-five men "set out at 4 o'clock P.M., in the presence of many of the neighbouring inhabitants, and proceeded on under a gentle breeze up the Missouri."
Erected 1965 by Division of Highways and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 38° 51.632′ N, 90° 6.621′ W. Marker is in Wood River, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on Lewis and Clark Boulevard (Illinois Route 3) 0.2 miles north of West Madison Avenue (Illinois Route 143), on the right when traveling south. The marker is only accessible on the southbound lane of Route 3. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wood River IL 62095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wann Railroad Disaster (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Village of Hartford (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lewis and Clark (approx. 3.3 miles away in Missouri); In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814
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(approx. 3 miles away); John Mason Peck (approx. 3 miles away); Robert Pershing Wadlow (approx. 3 miles away); Alton National Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); The Cost of Freedom (approx. 3 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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