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
|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.