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Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

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Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

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The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail [21] is a United States National Historic Trail located in the states of Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington within the United States of America.


The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, a trail of approximately three thousand seven hundred miles, extending from Wood River, Illinois, to the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon, is a linear network of historic and recreation sites that preserve and commemorate the trail and that are connected by various types of routes (land and water trails and highways) providing for retracement or approximate retracement of the historic route. The Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled from Illinois to the Pacific Ocean and back between 1804 and 1806. Tracing the courses of the Missouri and Columbia rivers, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail stretches through 11 states. The Trail winds over mountains, along rivers, through plains and high deserts, and extends to the Pacific coast.


In 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark assembled a diverse company (The Corp of Discovery) to accomplish a task set for them by President Thomas Jefferson, who wanted to extend American influence all the way to the west coast so as to compete with the British for the fur trade, and authorized by Congress — to travel from the Mississippi Valley to the Pacific Coast, crossing outside the borders of the United States to describe an unfamiliar landscape, to find a viable commercial route across the continent, and to establish relations with unknown Native peoples. Joining the two captains and the soldiers they had recruited for the expedition was York, Clark's black slave. By winter, the Corps of Discovery had been joined by a French Canadian, Toussaint Charbonneau, who would serve as an interpreter, and a young Indian woman called Sacagawea.

The Lewis and Clark expedition lasted from 1804 to 1806. With congressional funds of $2,500, the group set out from the mouth of the Missouri River to the mouth of the Columbia River. The round trip would take them over 8,000 miles by boat, canoe, and horseback. Only one man died on the trip and two deserted. Lewis and Clark kept journals during their adventures and later published over one million words about the flora, fauna, geography, weather, and peoples of the West.


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  • Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, #1 Lewis & Clark Trail Hartford, IL 62048, +1 (618) 251-5811, [1].


  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, 11 North 4th Street, St Louis, MO 63102, +1 (314) 655-1700, [2].
  • National Frontier Trails Center, 318 West Pacific, Independence, MO 64050, +1 (816) 325-7575, [3].
  • The Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center, Bishop's Landing, 1050 Riverside Drive, St Charles, MO 63301, +1 (636) 947-3199.


  • Frontier Army Museum, 100 Reynolds Ave,Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027, +1 (913) 684-3767.


  • Lewis and Clark State Park, Route 1, Box 104, Onawa, IA 51040, +1 (712) 423-2829, [4].
  • Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 900 Larsen Road, Sioux City, IA 51102, +1 (712) 224-5242, [5].


  • Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trails & Visitors Center, 100 Valmont Drive, Nebraska City, NE 68410, +1 (402) 874-9900, [6].
  • Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters and Visitor Center, 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102, +1 (402) 661-1804, [7].

South Dakota

  • Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325, +1 (800) 798-3452, [8].

North Dakota

  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, PO Box 9, County Road 37, Stanton, ND 58571, +1 (701) 745-3300, [9].
  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, RR3 Box 71, Williston, ND 58801, +1 (701) 572-9083, [10].
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Box 7, Medora, ND 58645, +1 (701) 623-4466, [11].
  • Fort Mandan North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, PO Box 607, Washburn, ND 58577, +1 (701) 462-8535, [12].


  • Pompeys Pillar National Historic Landmark, Pompeys Pillar, MT 59105, +1 (406) 875-2233, [13].
  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, 4201 Giant Springs Road, PO Box 1806, Great Falls, MT 59403, +1 (406)727-8733, [14].
  • Missouri Headwaters State Park, 1400 South 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59792, +1 (406) 994-4042, [15].


  • Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural and Education Center, 200 Main Street, Salmon, ID 83467, +1 (208) 756-1188, [16].


  • Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362, +1 (509) 525-7703, [17].
  • Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, PO Box 488, Ilwaco, WA 98624, +1 (360) 642-3078, [18].
  • Sacajawea Interpretive Center, 2503 Sacajawea Park Road, Pasco, WA. 99301, +1 (509) 545-2361, [19].


  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Route 3, Box 604-FC Astoria, OR 97103, +1 (503) 861-2471, [20].








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