Lewis and Clark
—Columbia Bottom, Missouri —
“The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principle stream of it, as, by its course & communication with the waters of the Pacific ocean… may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purpose of commerce."
“Beginning at the mouth of the Missouri, you will take observations of latitude and longitude at all remarkable points on the river, & especially at the mouths of rivers, at rapids, at islands & other places & objects distinguished by such natural marks and characteristics of a durable kind, as that they may with certainty be recognized hereafter. The course of the river between these points of observation may be supplied by the compass, the log-line & by time…”
William Clark and
the crew departed from Wood
River on May 14,
1804. Clark, the
mapmaker of the
team, was joined
Lewis on May 20
in St. Charles.
explored the river
with the 55-foot
keelboat as their
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 38° 48.827′ N, 90°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 0.9 miles away in Illinois); The Journey Begins Here (approx. 0.9 miles away in Illinois); Wanda Methodist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away in Illinois); Ruins of First State Prison in Illinois (approx. 6.4 miles away in Illinois); In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814 (approx. 6.8 miles away in Illinois); The Legend of the Piasa (approx. 7 miles away in Illinois); Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away in Illinois); Fort Russell (was approx. 8.7 miles away in Illinois but has been reported missing. ).
More about this marker. Text is the same as the marker at the headwaters of the Missouri River, near Three Forks, Montana
Additional keywords. Lewis and Clark
Categories. • Exploration • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on March 3, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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