Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
August 10 - 27, 2005

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On-board Coordinator Charla Johannes, and John Wilbur, our driver ok

First stop on our way to Independence was Arrow Rock, passed by Lewis and Clark on June 9, 1804. This was an early town on a bluff above the Missouri River. It was called by the French trappers, Pierre a Fleche -- Rock of the Arrows, because Indians found flint there to make Arrowheads. A uniue feature of Arrow Rock is these stone gutters.

Then it was on to Fort Osage, near Independence. Where one of our group posed at the whipping post.

Ever since we discovered there was only one Tom and one Dick on the trip, we began looking for Harry. And of course we found him at Independence. So here's Tom, Dick, and Harry (l to r, Dick, Harry, Tom) And a few others wanted to pose with the president. Dick thought he would look cute with a baseball cap.

After Dinner at Independence we were treated to a great performance by Jim "Two Crows" Wallen, who has hundreds of fur trade artifacts. He relates that most of the 19th century fur trappers or Mountain Men only lasted about two years. He pick eight volunteers, gives each of them an item, and describes how it is used. Flo Dietz, in the capote, was one of only two survivors. The others died by various accidents.

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