Atchison in Atchison County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Bridge Over 4th of July 1804 Creek
This stream was named by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark when they stopped at the present site of Atchison, Kansas on July 4, 1804. The following is an excerpt from Clark's logbook:
"...as this creek has no name, and this being the 4th of July, the day of the Independence of the U.S., call it 4th of July 1804 Creek..." - William Clark
Dedicated July 4, 1996
Erected 1996 by Santa Fe Depot Trustees.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Exploration • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1827.
Location. 39° 33.544′ N, 95° 7.57′ W. Marker is in Atchison, Kansas, in Atchison County. Marker is on Skyway Highway (U.S. 59) near 10th Street (U.S. 73), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atchison KS 66002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 4th of July, 1804 Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Working Men of the Railroads (about 400 feet away, Birthplace of the Santa Fe Railway Company (about 500 feet away); Atchison County World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Atchison County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Founding of the Santa Fe Railway (approx. ¼ mile away); Atchison Post Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atchison.
Also see . . .
1. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Website homepage (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. National Park Service website entry (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on December 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.