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Bella Vista in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lewis & Clark Expedition

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2015
1. Lewis & Clark Expedition Marker
Inscription.

The Lewis & Clark Expedition was accomplished by Captain Meriwether Lewis, Captain William Clark, and their fellow explorers, and was the visionary journey of President Thomas Jefferson. The journey was to become one of America’s greatest adventure stories. Remarkably, while plans for the travel were being made, the Louisiana Purchase became a reality. In 1803 Jefferson obtained approval from Congress to form a small Army unit to explore the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. The small discovery unit, consisting of some 30 Army personnel and 15 boatmen and woodsmen, began their journey near St. Louis, Missouri in 1804. They spent the winter of 1804-05 in North Dakota, where they hired a French fur-trader as interpreter, who married a Shoshone Indian maiden named Sacagawea. She was to become an important asset to the expedition.

In the spring of 1805, having divested itself of the boatmen, the expeditions' [sic] roster showed 2 Captains, 3 Sergeants, 23 Enlisted Men, 2 Interpreters, Clark's man York, and Sacagawea with infant son. They departed North Dakota with six canoes and two pirogues. In Montana, the explorers were faced with their first long portages. Attaching cottonwood wheels to the heavily loaded canoes they were able to negotiate the steep banks and complete the long traverses on the prairie. In July 1805, the expedition

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By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2015
2. Lewis & Clark Expedition Marker
reached the vicinity of the Continental Divide, near the tribal lands of the Shoshone. Here the expedition determined its need for horses for riding and as pack animals. Sacagawea's service as intermediary was essential in the succesful negotiations with the Indians. In September, the half-starved expedition reached the village of another friendly Indian tribe, the Nez Perce. Here they built new canoes and left their horses in the care of the Nez Perce.

They entered the Clearwater River in mid September, reached the Snake River in early October, and on October 16 they reached the Columbia River. Despite savage winds, squalls, and ocean swells in the estuary, they finally walked the sands of the Pacific in mid-November 1805. Their unprotected exposure to the fierce winter storms and lack of game forced them to find winter quarters. These they found near present day Astoria, Oregon, naming the site Fort Clatsop for their Indian neighbors. Lewis & Clark began the return journey in March 1806. During the winter, the men hunted for food and made clothing from elk skins. The Captains worked on their journal entries: Lewis filled his journal with descriptions of plants, mammals, birds, fish, and Indian culture. Clark drew illustrations of animals, plants, and made maps. On September 23, 1806 the expedition arrived back in St. Louis. The explorers had covered nearly 8,000 miles in

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By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR
two years, four months, and ten days.

[Map caption reads]
"Following in the Steps of Captains Lewis and Clark"
 
Erected 2012 by the Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas and Many Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 36° 26.009′ N, 94° 13.786′ W. Marker is in Bella Vista, Arkansas, in Benton County. Touch for map. Marker is at the Veterans Wall of Honor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Veterans Way, Bella Vista AR 72714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (here, next to this marker); The Alamo (here, next to this marker); Mexican War (here, next to this marker); Veterans Wall of Honor (a few steps from this marker); Purple Heart (a few steps from this marker); Silver Star Medal (a few steps from this marker); Bronze Star Medal (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bella Vista.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lewis & Clark at National Geographic

Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR
. (Submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. (Submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR. (Submitted on December 11, 2015, 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 December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on November 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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