Seeking Buyers and Sellers
First, many questions had to be answered: Is it true there is a direct water route to the Pacific Ocean? Are there minerals to mine? Where are good locations for towns, farmers, and military forts? Conducting this research was an important mission of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Jefferson wanted to know the names and sizes of the tribes and what territories they controlled. He asked Lewis to learn where Indians thought trading posts would be most successful, and what they wanted to buy or sell.
Lewis and Clark learned there was no all-water route, but they did answer many of Jefferson’s questions about Indian tribes. Within two generations, settlers traveling through this region on the Oregon, Mormon and California Pioneer Trails would forever transform the places and people that Lewis and Clark came here to learn about.
Graphic: Lewis and Clark brought gifts as a way to make an impression on the people who lived here. Another purpose of the gifts was to show symbols of American power. (University of North Dakota photo)
Location. 41° 13.687′ N, 95° 53.991′ W. Marker is in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in Pottawattamie County. Marker is on 34th Ave/. Touch for map. Located near walkway leading from parking lot to the Western Historic Trails Center, Lied Historical Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3434 Richard Downing Ave., Council Bluffs IA 51501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Western Historic Trails Center; Starting the Journey (here, next to this marker); We Were All Busily Engaged (here, next to this marker); Gallagher Building (approx. 2 miles away in Nebraska); Golden Spike Monument (approx. 2.2 miles away); Omaha Union Station (approx. 2.2 miles away in Nebraska); Windsor Hotel (approx. 2.4 miles away in Nebraska); Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot 1887 (approx. 2.4 miles away in Nebraska); Omaha Firehouse 1903-1904 (approx. 2.4 miles away in Nebraska). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Council Bluffs.
Categories. • Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 444 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.