Kansas City in Wyandotte County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
"we determin to delay at this Place"
"…we determin to delay at this Place three or four Days to make observations & recruit the party…"
Captain William Clark
June 27, 1804
On June 26, 1804, the U.S. Army expedition led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark stopped at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. The men had a very busy three days repairing their damaged pirogue, drying their supplies, and observing the animals. The officers dealt with a discipline problem; one man received fifty lashes and another received one hundred lashes for becoming drunk on guard duty. This was the first discipline problem, since leaving St. Charles, Missouri, that led to a court martial.
The men built a small fort of logs and brush called a redoubt on a piece of land between the Kaw and Missouri Rivers (today known as Kaw Point) to serve as defense against any potential Indian attack.
A Series of Firsts
As Lewis and Clark passed through here, they had a series of "firsts."
The expedition saw buffalo for the first time. Captain Lewis also observed and described the Carolina Parkakeet [sic] for the first
[Background illustration] "Far removed from the Sivilised world…" Image courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
This illustration depicts Kaw Point on the Missouri River at the time of Lewis and Clark. It is one section of a fifty-foot-long mural on public display at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Discovery Center, located at 4750 Troost in downtown Kansas City, MO.
Erected by National Park Service and Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
Location. 39° 6.99′ N, 94° 36.641′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Kansas, in Wyandotte County. Marker is at the pavilion in Lewis and Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City KS 66115, 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 (here, next to this marker); Encampment at Kaw's Mouth - June 26-29, 1804 (here, next to this marker); Homeland of the Kanza Indians (a few steps from this marker); "the water…contains a half…Glass of ooze"Lewis and Clark at Kaw Point / Kaw Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Bird Woman's Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cruise-Scroggs Mansion (approx. half a mile away); Commissioner Thomas F. Lally (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
Also see . . .
1. History of Lewis and Clark at Kaw Point. (Submitted on March 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on March 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on March 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2. submitted on March 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.