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Sioux City in Woodbury County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

 
 
The Lewis and Clark Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, February 21, 2016
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 to lead an expedition there.

With Jefferson's permission, Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer, William Clark, to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, they worked harmoniously throughout the two year journey.

 
Erected by Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 42° 27.756′ N, 96° 22.648′ W. Marker is in Sioux City, Iowa, in Woodbury County. Marker can be reached from S. Lewis Blvd. 0.3 miles from Lincoln Way. Touch for map. Marker is located on the east side the the Floyd Monument at the base of the monument. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux City IA 51106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sergeant Floyd Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Death of Sergeant Floyd (a few steps from this marker); Sergeant Charles Floyd (within shouting distance of this marker); Floyd Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); First Bride's Grave (approx. 0.3 miles away); Herbert Quick Ravine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Prospect Hill (approx. 2.9 miles away); Grasshopper Cross (approx. 13 miles away in South Dakota). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 29, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 34 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 29, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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