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“walked on Shore above this Creek”

 
 
"walked on Shore above this Creek" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 28, 2011
1. "walked on Shore above this Creek" Marker
Inscription.

"...Capt. Lewis walked on Shore above this Creek and discovered a high moun from the top of which he had an extensive view, 3 paths Concentering at the moun..."
William Clark
July 4, 1804

The U.S. Army expedition led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark paused here on July 4, 1804. It is possible that the mound that Clark described is the bluff that rises above this site.

In his journal, Captain Clark enumerated the members of the expedition, concluding with:
"1 Corpl & 4 Privates in a Perogue to be sent back from Plate river
Mr. Dueron [Dorion] inteptr for the Sues
Capt. Lewis my Self & York
in all 46 men July 4
4 horses & a Dog"

[Caption accompanying the dog illustration reads] Lewis' Newfoundland dog Seaman accompanied the expedition. Seaman was a strong swimmer, exceptional hunter, and stalwart guard. His contributions made him a valued member of the party. Most expedition members came to refer to Seaman as "our dog."

[Caption accompanying the map reads] Lewis and Clark bestowed names to landmarks across the West. In what is now Atchison County, they named two local streams. One, Independence Creek, remains on maps even today. The other, 4th of July 1804 Creek, was renamed White Clay Creek after Atchison was settled in 1854. The map pictured above
Riverfront Park Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Riverfront Park Pavilion
Missouri River in background
is from 1843.
 
Erected by Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.704′ N, 95° 6.832′ W. Marker is in Atchison, Kansas, in Atchison County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Commercial Street, on the right when traveling north on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at the Riverfront Park pavilion. Marker is in this post office area: Atchison KS 66002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lewis and Clark Expedition (here, next to this marker); Homeland of the Kanza Indians (a few steps from this marker); "the water...contains a half...Glass of ooze" (a few steps from this marker); Atchison Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Arizona Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis Discovers a High Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Butterfield's Overland Dispatch (within shouting distance of this marker); Under a large Cottonwood... (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atchison.
 
Also see . . .
Illustration on "walked on Shore above this Creek" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Illustration on "walked on Shore above this Creek" Marker
Image courtesy of Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library.

1. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Atchison Riverfront Park. (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Atchison County Historical Society. (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Map on "walked on Shore above this Creek" Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Nicolett, 1843
4. Map on "walked on Shore above this Creek" Marker
Courtesy of the Atchison County Historical Society
Map on "walked on Shore above this Creek" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission and NPS, circa 2004
5. Map on "walked on Shore above this Creek" Marker
Artwork courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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