& Clark's Missouri
The keelboat heads west
Despite torrential rainstorms
and high water, the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles is making its
way up the Missouri River this summer in commemoration of the 200th
anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which explored the western
United States from 1803 to 1806 by following the river from its confluence
with the Mississippi all the way to the Rocky Mountains.
Shown at right, the Discovery
Expedition replica keelboat and one of two pirogues makes their way
up the Missouri as they approach Washington, on May 24. The boats,
manned by volunteers in period costume, began the bicentennial journey
up the river on May 14 and will continue on to Fort Mandan in North
Dakota, arriving in November. The original Corps of Discovery continued
west after reaching the mountains, eventually arriving at the Pacific
Ocean before returning to St. Louis.
There are still plenty of opportunities
this summer to see the keelboat and pirogues as well as attend Lewis
and Clark Bicentennial events in Missouri. For a schedule of the
journey of the Discovery Expedition keelboat and pirogues visit the
Web site www.lewisandclark.net.
For a schedule of remaining Missouri
events commemorating Lewis and Clark visit www.lewisandclarkmo.com.
Information is also available by contacting the Missouri Lewis and
Clark Bicentennial Commission, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102;