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

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May 7, 2004
Our first full day on the road. We covered in 8 hours what took Lewis and Clark six weeks, from St. Charles Mo. to Independence, MO. Along the way we stopped at the unique town of Arrow Rock, on a bluff above the Missouri. here Kathy Borgman and Pam Parsons gave us excellent talks about the town and the relationships between the whites and the Osage Indians, as the whites began moving west. Here's Kathy on the bus giving us a tour of the town. Lewis and Clark passed by here June 9, 1803, and remarked that this would be a good place for a town. they were right.ok

On to Fort Osage near Independence. This was built in 1808 by William Clark. it was part of the government factory system of trading with the Indians. the govenrment controlled trade by subsidizing the prices. George Sibley was the Government Factor here. The main object was to promote and protect trade with the Osage Indians, who at that time controlled most of Western Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. The soldiers were there to protect the traders from the Indians, and vice versa. In 1822,  private fur traders such as William H. Ashley, the Chouteaus, Manuel Lisa, and John Jacob Astor lobbied Senator Thomas Hart Benton, and the government was out of business. this was the beginning of the Mountain Man era in the fur trade. Pictured below are Bob Martlosz with our flag, and John Zach is being punished for getting back to the bus late. Says he didn't hear the soundenhorn.

It is a great delight to do these trips. We meet such interesting people. Many people keep journals and take a lot of pictures, but one of our ladies, Marge Schuler, sketches everything she sees. In the evening she colors the sketches. I have never seen such an approach before, so I am going to create a Sketch Book for her work. This page will give us a record thru her eyes and brushes. Here is her sketch of the starting point.

 

 

 

We will also create a Bird Book in the next couple of days. I am continually amazed at the numbers of birds that are seen on this trip.

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