Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
May 5 - 21, 2004

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May 6, 2004
Today was our first day on the bus. We visited the Arch at St. Louis, first going into Illinois, so we could get this view from the east. Another reason to go into Illinois was to say that we had been in all the states traversed by the Corps of Discovery. Some of us went up in the arch. The elevator is very ingenious, and claustrophobic. It is a little capsule with five seats. As it climbs the arch the capsule has to right itself every few feet. It is an eerie feeling but this view of the old courthouse is your reward. Others watched an IMAX movie about Westward Expansion. This is a great museum with hundreds of wonderful exhibits.
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Then it was back to St. Charles for a tour of the first settlement on the Missouri River. We had an excellent tour and talk by Dan, whos showed us all the sights and also explained his eighteenth century costume.

Lunch was at the Winery of the Little Hills, and then we visited the Lewis and Clark Boathouse & Museum. This facility houses the three replica boats which are being used on the full scale reenactment of the journey by the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles.

Mimi Jackson entertained us with the story of how the Lewis and Clark Expedition hired Pierre Cruzatte, and what a great asset he was on the journey, with his fiddle.

Tomorrow morning, as we leave for our trip to Independence, the three replica boats will be be put in the river to prepare for the historic reenactment of Clark's leaving Camp Dubois. this is a signature event of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.boathouse & nature center This is the keelboat on an earlier voyage.

More information about this project may be obtained at http://lewisandclark.net

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