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

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Group at Fort Atkinson (last stop of the day)

The day began with a visit to the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas (Kaw) Rivers -- Kaw Point, across from Kansas City, MO. The Corps of Discovery stopped for three days here June 26 - 28, 1804 to repair ropes and masts. They recorded building a breastwork 6 feet high of logs and brush, from river to river. For the bicentennial this campsite has been recreated, as far as is possible. I have been coming here for several years and had a tricky walk to get to the point. Now it has a gravel path, but I am happy to say it has still been left very primitive. We get a real feeling of being in their footsteps. The interpretive panels are separately located, and a wall along the entrance road has murals of the "parrot queets" Clark recorded. The Carolina parokeets are reportedly the only native American parrots.

Then it was on to a new L&C Interpretive Center at Nebraska City. The white pirogue and a peculiar prairie dog.

We picked up our local host, Janis Keasling in Council Bluffs, where we walked to the river and saw replicas of the keelboat and white pirogue.

Ending the day at Fort Atkinson we find the Broome Brothers with our flag,
 and Rutger concluding a treaty with the Indians.

 

 

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