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Near Iatan in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

 
 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 28, 2011
1. The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker
Inscription.
In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana territory. Along the way, they mapped the land, recorded its resources, and contacted its native inhabitants.

The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it: rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago.

The United States purchased the Louisiana territory - more than 830,000 square miles - from France in 1803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis (far left) to lead an expedition there.

With Jefferson's permission, Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer, William Clark (left), to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, they worked harmoniously throughout the two-year journey.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.474′ 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition & Cow Island Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 28, 2011
2. The Lewis and Clark Expedition & Cow Island Markers
Looking southwest, with KCP&L's Iatan Generating Station in far distance.
N, 94° 58.176′ W. Marker is near Iatan, Missouri, in Platte County. Marker is on Missouri Route 45/273 near the Iatan Power Plant Access Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weston MO 64098, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cow Island (here, next to this marker); Wetland Habitats of the Past (approx. 3.9 miles away); Weston Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Weston Christian Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Weston (approx. 4.8 miles away); Weston, Missouri, Jail (approx. 4.8 miles away); "Hell's Half Acre" (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iatan.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. National Geographic: Lewis and Clark. (Submitted on July 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Discovering Lewis and Clark. (Submitted on July 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on July 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. The Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on July 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
The Lewis and Clark Expedition & Cow Island Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 28, 2011
3. The Lewis and Clark Expedition & Cow Island Markers
Looking northeast toward Missouri Routes 45/273 beyond baseball field.

6. Lewis and Clark: A Film by Ken Burns. (Submitted on July 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 530 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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