In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark
from Illinois to the Pacific
Aug. 8 - 25, 2007

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Independence, MO to Council Bluffs, IA  -- 255 miles / 620 ok
We started our day at Kaw Point, where the Kansas, or Kaw, River (right) flows into the Missouri (left). L&C were here June 26-28, 1804 and remarked that the hill they saw would make a fine place for a fort. They were right, that is Kansas City, MO behind our intrepid group with the undaunted courage to stand in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark.

Then it was on to Nebraska city's new Missouri River Interpretive Center, where we rowed one of L&C's boats, saw an earth Lodge, and some very unusual prairie dogs.
At the Western Trails Historical Museum in Council Bluffs we saw some very unusual displays, made of painted tin cutouts. they were very effective.
Final stop of the day was at Fort Atkinson in Fort Calhoun, NE. This 1820 fort was the only accomplishment of the Yellowstone Expedition, which had much grander plans. Its connection with Lewis and Clark is that it is built on the bluff under which L&C had their first council with the Oto and Missouri Indians. They named it Council Bluff, but it is several miles north of the modern town of Council bluffs, IA. One of the displays is a recent statue of that council. George Drouillard, the interpreter in the rear, is holding our flag.

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