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Sunday June 1, 2003 -- Off to the boats at Onawa, IA. We ran into a large reenactment of Lewis and Clark at this state park-Brown's Lake. it was formerly part of the river and here they have built replicas of the 3 boats of the expedition. That's our 15 star flag flying up there. ok

And here's a bunch of our folks checking out the keelboat. This park provides rides in the boats, but we do not have enough time to participate.

 

seamanWe happened to hit their Lewis and Clark Festival so we got some extra interpretation, such as this introduction to M. Lewis's dog Seaman. His master is Dale Clark, who does lots of re-enactments in Iowa.
floydobeliskThen it was on to Sioux City Iowa and the gravesite of the only corps member to die on the expedition, Sgt. Charles Floyd. I have often heard people wonder why such an impressive monument has been erected to one simple soldier. Certainly the grave is that of one man but the monument is, and I paraphrase:

In commemoration of the Louisiana Purchase and its exploration by the heroic men of the Discovery Expedion and to the soldiers and pioneers who made many states out of its land

corpsfloyd'sbluffWe then visited the new Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City. Their exhibits were marvelous, reflecting the research of today's best historians and interpreters. I particular liked the fact that they did not try to tell the whole story, but only a few hundred miles and a few significant days and events, which happened in this area. I wish more museums would do this instead of trying to tell the whole story. I understand this part of the journey in much greater detail, because of this concentration. This is the Corps honoring their dead comrade, Sgt. Charles Floyd.
mcharlesfloydThis is a recycled Army Corps of Engineers river survey and inspection boat turned into a visitor center. We fly the 15-star, 15-stripe flag that Lewis and Clark flew when they came here 200 years ago.

 

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