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Near Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Lewis and Clark Campsite

July 27, 1804

Lewis and Clark Campsite: Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael James, May 24, 2008
1. Lewis and Clark Campsite: Marker
Inscription.  At the camp established very near here Captain Clark wrote about the "butifull Breeze from the N W. this evening which would have been verry agreeable, had the Misquiters been tolerably Pacifick, but thy were rageing all night." Clark may have exaggerated when he noted that the mosquitoes were as big as house flies. They would continue to plague the explorers until winter. That evening Clark and Ruben Fields "walked on Shore with a View of examoning Som mounds." Although the mounds were probably natural features, Clark noted that the Oto Indians formerly lived there.

Lewis and Clark had been trying to contact Indians who lived in the area. On July 28 one of the hunters "brought in a Missouri Indian who resides with the Otteauz, this Indian & 2 others were Hunting in the Prarie their Camp is about 4 miles off." On August 3 the explorers met with the leaders of the Oto and Missouria tribes at a site they named "Council Bluff," near present Fort Calhoun, Nebraska.
Erected by Nebraska State Historical Society; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. (Marker Number 340.)
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsExplorationNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Nebraska State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1976.
Location. 41° 21.513′ N, 95° 57.106′ W. Marker is near Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker can be reached from Dodge Park Road, 0.6 miles east of John J. Pershing Dr.. Located inside NP Dodge Memorial Park. Follow the signs towards the campsite to find the marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Lisa (approx. one mile away); John Pierre Cabanne's (approx. one mile away); The Road to Zion (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Florence Mill (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Florence Mill (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Mormon Pioneer Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Meeting House for the Saints (approx. 1.2 miles away); From Indian Lands to the Golden Gate (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2008, by Michael James of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 2,060 times since then and 22 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 24, 2008, by Michael James of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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