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Old Shawneetown in Gallatin County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lewis and Clark in Illinois

 
 
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By Larry Senalik, October 12, 2012
1. Lewis and Clark in Illinois Marker
Inscription.  In the fall of 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark passed this place with about twenty men on their way westward. At the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers, they first reached territory that is now the State of Illinois. They then turned their boats south on the Ohio toward Fort Massac.
 
Erected 2003 by State of Illinois - Illinois Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1803.
 
Location. 37° 41.765′ N, 88° 8.11′ W. Marker is in Old Shawneetown, Illinois, in Gallatin County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Washington Street (County Route 15), on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 280 Washington St, Shawneetown IL 62984, 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. Lewis & Clark Expedition (here, next to this marker); Kaskaskia-Shawneetown and Goshen Trails (here, next to this marker); The Spirit of Shawneetown
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By Larry Senalik, October 12, 2012
2. Lewis and Clark in Illinois Marker
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Rawlings' Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Logan's Marriage (about 400 feet away); Marshall House (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Michael K. Lawler (approx. 3.1 miles away); James Harrison Wilson (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Shawneetown.
 
More about this marker. This is the first of a series of markers, beginning from the east, that were placed in some Illinois towns located off the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in 2003. All of them were titled "Lewis and Clark in Illinois" and they detailed the beginnings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, before the Corps of Discovery part started in Missouri.
 
Lewis and Clark in Illinois Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, August 11, 2020
3. Lewis and Clark in Illinois Marker
This is an updated wide view of the marker from the other photo, with an Illinois State Historical Society marker moved next to it.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2012, by Larry Senalik of Pleasant Plains, Illinois. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 15, 2012, by Larry Senalik of Pleasant Plains, Illinois.   3. submitted on August 11, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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