The Lewis and Clark Expedition Across Missouri
On June 22, the expedition got under way on a swiftly running river that had come up four inches overnight. it was also starting to get hot. Once again the men had to resort to the towrope, and Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse, another expedition journal keeper, said, "it can hardly be imagined the fatigue that we underwent." After moving beyond the site of Napoleon in the afternoon, the expedition
"...at day light a violent wind accompanied with rain cam from the W. and lasted about one hour, it Cleared away, and we Set out and proceeded on under a gentle breeze from the N.W. passed Some verry Swift water Crouded with snags, pass two large Island opposite each other, and immediately opposite a large & extensive Prarie on the Labd [larboard or left] Side, This prarie is butifull..."
William Clark, June 22, 1804
Cruzatte and Labiche
Pierre (or Peter) Cruzatte was given the daunting task of finding the best way through a Missouri River current that roared like a waterfall. He was a one-eyed, nearsighted half-French and half-Omaha Indian who, along with another mixed-ancestry crewman, Fancois Labiche, were officially enlisted as privates with the expedition. The other eight Frenchmen were hired as engages but were not permanent members of the expedition. Both Cruzatte and Labiche were experienced Missouri River boatmen and both also acted as
Erected by City of Napoleon, Mo, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 39° 7.99′ N, 94° 3.869′ W. Marker is in Napoleon, Missouri, in Lafayette County. Marker is on Missouri Route 224, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Napoleon MO 64074, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Fe Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Osage (approx. 7.1 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Osage (approx. 7.8 miles away); Events at Fort Osage (approx. 7.9 miles away); Trail of Death (approx. 10.2 miles away); Madonna of the Trail Monument (approx. 10.2 miles away); Original Site of Russell, Majors and Waddell Home Office (approx. 10.4 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 10.4 miles away).
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