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Kaskaskia in Randolph County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lewis and Clark in Kaskaskia

The French Connection

— 1803 —

 
 
Lewis and Clark in Kaskaskia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, December 12, 2019
1. Lewis and Clark in Kaskaskia Marker
Inscription.  Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived in Kaskaskia with twenty-four men on November 29, 1803. Here they acquired the expedition's third boat, a pirogue. After recruiting twelve more soldiers, the Captains hired expert boatman and interpreter Francois Labiche. Half French, half Omaha, Labiche became an enlisted and valuable member of the Corps. They also hired some local Frenchmen to man their boats.

These engages came to Illinois from France, Canada or New Orleans. Some were born in the frontier; some were of Native American descent. They were experienced trappers and tradesmen; familiar with the dangers the journey would bring. After spending the winter with the Corps in the Mandan Villages, most engages returned home, bringing letters, journals, plants, animals and news of the expedition with them.

(photo caption:)
In 1803, around 500 people lived in Kaskaskia. Historians believe Lewis and Clark stayed with local merchant William Morrison.
 
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Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 29, 1803.
 
Location. 37° 55.295′ N, 89° 54.873′ W. Marker is in Kaskaskia, Illinois, in Randolph County. Marker is on 1st Street just north of Illinois Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is next to the Kaskaskia Bell State Historical Site (also known as Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial), which is located on Kaskaskia Island. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 1st Street, Chester IL 62233, 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. Lafayette's Tour (a few steps from this marker); The Liberty Bell of the West (a few steps from this marker); Illinois in the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Colonial Dames XVII Century (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Pierre Menard (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Home of Pierre Menard (approx. 2.8 miles away); Looking For a Few Good Men (approx. 3 miles away); Site of Fort Kaskaskia (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kaskaskia.
 
Regarding Lewis and Clark in Kaskaskia. Accessing Kaskaskia Island is only in Missouri,
Lewis and Clark in Kaskaskia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, December 12, 2019
2. Lewis and Clark in Kaskaskia Marker
Marker is to the left of the Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial monument.
from the town of St. Mary. Road signs will point towards the direction of the Kaskaskia Bell, which is five miles from the bridge that separates Illinois and Missouri. Because of the island being surrounded by two parts of the Mississippi River, it is vulnerable to flooding. It is best to check with local weather listings before accessing Kaskaskia.
 
Additional keywords. Multiracial Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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