The Lewis and Clark Expedition - Atchison, Ks.
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N 39° 33.707 W 095° 06.830
15S E 318407 N 4381255
This marker is one of four in a granite pavilion in the Veterans Memorial Park - Commercial Street and River Road in Atchison, Ks.
Waymark Code: WMTCTG
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 11/03/2016
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This marker is one of four in a granite pavilion in the Veterans Memorial Park. The pavilion is north of the veterans memorials and the pavilion overlooks the Missouri River. The text of the marker reads:

In 1804-06, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led about 40 soldiers and boatmen on an epic journey. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this "Corps of Discovery" to find a route to the Pacific Ocean through the newly acquired Louisiana territory. Along the way, they mapped the land, recorded its resources, and contacted its native inhabitants.

The landscape has changed since Lewis and Clark explored it: rivers have been dammed, forests cut over, prairies plowed under, and roads built to the horizon. Although remnants of wilderness still exist, imagine this land as Lewis and Clark first saw it two centuries ago.

The United States purchased the Louisiana territory - more than 830,000 square miles - from France in 1803. President Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis (far left) to lead an expedition there.

With Jefferson's permission, Lewis asked his friend and former commanding officer, William Clark (left), to be co-leader. Although opposite in temperament, they worked harmoniously throughout the two-year journey.

(small map depicting the area of Louisiana Purchase)
(larger map depicting route and events of the Lewis and Clark Expedition)

Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission
National Park Service
Marker Name: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Marker Type: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Marker text:
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Marker Location: Atchison

Year Marker Placed: 01/01/2004

Name of agency setting marker: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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