Along the Lewis & Clark Trail travel blog

Plaque honoring Seaman

Lewis, Clark and Seamna

We follow these roadside markers

Obelisk at Floyd's grave

First Indian council

Mary seals the deal

Plaque at Sgt. Floyd's monument

Replica keelboat

Plaque to Pvt Shannon in Whynot, Nebraska

We got on the road early as we had lots to see today and quite a few miles to travel. Our first stop was the location where Lewis and Clark held their first council with the Indians. It is near today’s Ft. Atkinson on the Nebraska side of the river (across from Council Bluffs, Iowa). There was a very nice sculpture of the event set out in the prairie grass. There was a river overlook and access here as well.

Our next stop was the L & C Interpretive Center in Nebraska City, NE. This is another very state of the art museum that focuses on the plants and animals that were discovered by the expedition. Over 200 species not previously known to science were documented. The Keel boat used in the 2004 National Geographic movie is on display here.

Our next stop was the gravesite and monument to Sgt Charles Floyd who was the only loss suffered by the Corps of Discovery through their whole trip. Floyd was a highly respected and competent soldier. It is believed that he died of appendicitis. The Corps buried him with full military honors on highest point around for which they had to cross to the Iowa side. In the early 1900s an impressive monument was erected in his honor. Following his burial the Corps elected Patrick Gass who became a stalwart of the Corps.

We made several attempts later in the day to see “Lewis & Clark” historical markers off the beaten path but only found one of them a plaque entitled “Where is Pvt Shannon?” Shannon was sent out with Drouillard to recapture some horses and ended up being gone 16 days and almost starved to death. On these little jaunts and even finding our campground for the evening we often wondered “Where are Mary and Jonathan”?

Our camp for the night is at the Nebraska “Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area” on the lake created by the lowest dam on the Missouri. It is sprinkling but serious rain looks doubtful. This country needs a good rain storm. Again, this is a pretty nice campground which is almost completely deserted.

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