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.
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.
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
This is the keelboat on an earlier voyage.
More information about this project may be
obtained at http://lewisandclark.net