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Spanish Lake in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Fort Belle Fontaine

 

22 September 1806

 
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By Jason Voigt, November 3, 2019
1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Inscription.  Members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the last night of their 7,500 mile jouney at Fort Belle Fontaine. Located on the south bank of the Missouri River near Coldwater Creek, it had been built in 1805 while they were crossing the continent to the Pacific.

Captain William Clark wrote that they were "Kindly received by the Gentlemen of this place." The returning explorers were welcomed by Colonel Thomas Hunt, and the artillery company assigned to the fort fired a salute of seventeen rounds.

Sergeant John Ordway, writing one of the final entries in the journal he had kept throughout the 28-month trip, described the fort as a "handsome place". He then added that "a number of these soldiers are acquaintances of ours."

Before departing the next morning, Captain Clark and Captain Meriwether Lewis visited the post's store. Here they bought articles of clothing for Chief Sheheke, a Mandan Indian, who had been invited to join the homeward-bound explorers weeks earlier and was being outfitted for their arrival at St. Louis later that day.
 
Erected by Lewis & Clark National
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 3, 2019
2. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Marker is on top of the stonewall structure facing the Missouri River
Historic Trail.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 38° 49.657′ N, 90° 12.843′ W. Marker is in Spanish Lake, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Bellefontaine Road 0.7 miles north of Fountainhead Lane, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of Fort Belle Fontaine Park, on top of the stonewall structure. Please note that the marker is accessed only from 8am to the park's closure (30 minutes after sunset). Visitors may be asked to check in with the guards at the park's entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13002 Bellefontaine Road, Saint Louis MO 63138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Belle Fontaine (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Belle Fontaine (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Fort Belle Fontaine (approx. 0.3 miles away); West Alton Armed Forces Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Alton and the Flood of '93 (approx. 4.4 miles away in Illinois); Great River Floods (approx. 4.4 miles away in Illinois); A Changing Waterfront (approx. 4.4 miles away in Illinois); Smallpox Island (approx. 4.4 miles away in Illinois). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spanish Lake.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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