Lewis and Clark Campsites

Lewis and Clark Campsites (HM4UN)

Location: Blair, NE 68008 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 32.093', W 96° 7.863'

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August 3 and 4, 1804

On August 3 Lewis and Clark held a council with the Oto and Missouria Indians at a site they named "Council Bluff," near present Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. It was the first of many councils they would hold on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Following the council, the explorers moved upriver, camping south of today's community of Blair. Besides describing the council, Clark's journal notes the merits of "Council Bluff" as a location for "a Trading establishment & fortification." In 1819 the army established Fort Atkinson. From the Indians and "Mr. Faufong, the interpeter," they learned that it was a 25-day journey to Santa Fe.

On August 4 the party camped at a site north of Blair. Clark was concerned over the disappearance of Private Moses B. Reed. Reed had asked permission to return to the previous night's camp to get a knife he left behind, but it was only a pretext to desert. He was captured two weeks later and dishonorably discharged from the army.
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HM NumberHM4UN
Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series, and the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series.
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Marker Number342
Placed ByNebraska State Historical Society, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:35pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 739334 N 4602111
Decimal Degrees41.53488333, -96.13105000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 32.093', W 96° 7.863'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 32' 5.58" N, 96° 7' 51.78" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-998 US-75, Blair NE 68008, US
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