Lewis & Clark Expedition
The Lewis & Clark Expedition was accomplished by Captain Meriwether Lewis, Captain William Clark, and their fellow explorers, and was the visionary journey of President Thomas Jefferson. The journey was to become one of America’s greatest adventure stories. Remarkably, while plans for the travel were being made, the Louisiana Purchase became a reality. In 1803 Jefferson obtained approval from Congress to form a small Army unit to explore the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. The small discovery unit, consisting of some 30 Army personnel and 15 boatmen and woodsmen, began their journey near St. Louis, Missouri in 1804. They spent the winter of 1804-05 in North Dakota, where they hired a French fur-trader as interpreter, who married a Shoshone Indian maiden named Sacagawea. She was to become an important asset to the expedition.
In the spring of 1805, having divested itself of the boatmen, the expeditions' [sic] roster showed 2 Captains, 3 Sergeants, 23 Enlisted Men, 2 Interpreters, Clark's man York, and Sacagawea with infant son. They departed North Dakota with six canoes and two pirogues. In Montana, the explorers were faced with their first
They entered the Clearwater River in mid September, reached the Snake River in early October, and on October 16 they reached the Columbia River. Despite savage winds, squalls, and ocean swells in the estuary, they finally walked the sands of the Pacific in mid-November 1805. Their unprotected exposure to the fierce winter storms and lack of game forced them to find winter quarters. These they found near present day Astoria, Oregon, naming the site Fort Clatsop for their Indian neighbors. Lewis & Clark began the return journey in March 1806. During the winter, the men hunted for food and made clothing from elk skins. The Captains worked on their journal entries: Lewis filled his journal with descriptions of plants, mammals, birds, fish,
[Map caption reads]
"Following in the Steps of Captains Lewis and Clark"
Erected 2012 by the Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas and Many Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1803.
Location. 36° 26.009′ N, 94° 13.786′ W. Marker is in Bella Vista, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is at the Veterans Wall of Honor. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Veterans Way, Bella Vista AR 72714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (here, next to this marker); The Alamo (here, next to this marker); Mexican War (here, next to this marker); Veterans Wall of Honor (a few steps from this marker); Purple Heart (a few steps from this
Also see . . .
1. Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. (Submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on November 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.