St. Louis and the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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In the December of 1803, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark came to the St. Louis area. They were here by the orders of President Thomas Jefferson with a group of hand picked, skilled men, named the Corp of Discovery, to chart and explore the Missouri River. Their goal was to find a way, by water, to the Pacific Ocean. The St. Louis area played a large part in preparing and equipping the Corps of Discovery for their journey. Being advised to spend the winter in the area instead of immediately setting out, Lewis and Clark had Camp River Dubois built for their men where final supplies and information were gathered. Lewis and Clark made trips to St. Louis many times as they waited and the Cahokia Courthouse, that was also used as a post office, became their headquarters. They broke camp in May of 1804 and made stops in St. Louis and St. Charles and several others before leaving the St. Louis surrounding area. The Lewis and Clark Expedition would eventually last almost 2 1/2 years, taking them over 8,000 miles and would become one of the most remarkable information gathering expeditions of the time. Below are some of the places that were either stops on the Expedition or now commemorate the Expedtion, the men of the Corps of Discovery and their leader, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

Bellefontaine Cemetery
Bellefontaine Cemetery - Bellefontaine Cemetery has many historically important people interred within its beautiful and peaceful 314 acres. Some of those buried there are Adolphus Busch, William Clark, James Eads, James S. McDonnell and many more. - More Info Tags: 63115, 63147, City of St Louis Missouri
Camp River Dubois
Camp River Dubois - The Camp River Dubois was the winter camp for Lewis and Clark before the expedition began. Featured there is a museum with exhibitions including a 55-foot full scale replica of the keel boat and a replica of Fort. - More Info Tags: 62048, Hartford Illinois, Museums
Fort Belle Fontaine Park
Fort Belle Fontaine Park - Fort Belle Fontaine Park is the historical location of Fort Belle Fontaine and features 30 acres of prairie and wetlands, the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Trail, historic landmarks and stonework that was built in the 1930's by the WPA. It is located in North St Louis County in Spanish Lake Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63138, Spanish Lake Missouri
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site - Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site is located near Ellis Grove, Illinois. The earthworks are all that remains of the fort that was built by the French in 1703 to protect the town of Kaskaskia. - More Info Tags: 62241, Ellis Grove Illinois
Frontier Park
Frontier Park - Frontier Park features an original MKT Train Depot, a Katy Trail trailhead and paved walking and biking trails. Frontier Park is the location for many festivals, such as Lewis and Clark Days. It is located in the city of Historic Old Town St Charles Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63301, St Charles City
Gateway Arch National Park
Gateway Arch National Park - Gateway Arch National Park is located in Downtown St. Louis and includes the Gateway Arch, the Old Courthouse and the Museum at the Gateway Arch. - More Info Tags: 63102, City of St Louis Missouri, Museums
Historic Cahokia Courthouse
Historic Cahokia Courthouse - The Historic Cahokia Courthouse was built in 1740 and is an example of French Creole architecture, one of the few examples left in the United States. It is located in St. Clair County in Cahokia, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois, Museums
Historic St Charles
Historic St Charles - Historic St. Charles is the location of the first state capital of Missouri on Historic Main Street and a campsite in Missouri of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. - More Info Tags: 63301, St Charles City
Jarrot Mansion
Jarrot Mansion - The Jarrot Mansion, home of the French entrepreneur Nicholas Jarrot, was built in 1807 and is one of the oldest masonry buildings in the state of Illinois and is a National Historic Landmark. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois
John Colter Museum and Visitor Center
John Colter Museum and Visitor Center - John Colter Museum and Visitor Center is located in New Haven Missouri. The museum contains art exhibits featuring John Colter and the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as Native American artifacts and Missouri River history. - More Info Tags: 63068, Museums, New Haven Missouri
Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center
Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center - The Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center features artifacts and information from the famous journey Lewis and Clark made up the Missouri River. It is a St Louis attractions located in St Charles Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63301, Museums, St Charles City
Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower
Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower - The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is a memorial celebrating the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is located in Hartford Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62048, Hartford Illinois
Missouri History Museum
Missouri History Museum - The Missouri History Museum features permanent exhibits on the 1904 World's Fair, on history of the City of St. Louis - past and present, and has a life-size replica of Charles Lindbergh's airplane - The Spirit of St. Louis in the McDermott Hall. It is located in Forest Park, in St. Louis, Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63112, City of St Louis Missouri, Museums
St Albans Missouri
St Albans Missouri - St. Albans Missouri is a unincorporated planned community in Franklin County with a zip code of 63073. St. Albans is about hour west of Downtown St. Louis and is off of Highway T. - More Info Tags: 63073, St Albans Missouri

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Marthasville Missouri - Marthasville Missouri is located in Warren County along the Missouri River. - More Info - Tags:

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