Lewis and Clark Historical

Lewis and Clark Historical (HM1VFG)

Location: St. Louis, MO 63138 St. Louis County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.827', W 90° 7.549'

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—Columbia Bottom, Missouri —

June 20, 1803
President Thomas Jefferson's instructions to Meriwether Lewis
on river exploration:
"The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such
principle stream of it, as, by its course & communication with the
waters of the Pacific ocean... may offer the most direct & practicable
water communication across this continent, for the purpose of commerce."

"Beginning at the mouth of the Missouri, you will
take observations of latitude and longitude at all
remarkable points on the river, & especially at
the mouths of rivers, at rapids, at islands & other
places & objects distinguished by such natural
marks and characteristics of a durable kind, as that
they may with certainty be recognized hereafter.
The course of the river between these points of
observation may be supplied by the compass, the
log-line & by time..."

William Clark and
the crew departed from Wood
River on May 14,
1804. Clark, the
mapmaker of the
team, was joined
by Meriwether
Lewis on May 20
in St. Charles.
The expedition
explored the river
with the 55-foot
keelboat as their
largest vessel.
Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 30th, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 749554 N 4300037
Decimal Degrees38.81378333, -90.12581667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.827', W 90° 7.549'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 49.62" N, 90° 7' 32.94" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)314, 636
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Upper Columbia Bottom Rd, St. Louis MO 63138, US
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