Fun Fact May 14, 2020
14 May 2020
Westward ho! It was on this date in 1804 that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis along with about 45 men, known as the “Corps Of Discovery” to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. Of the 45 men who started the journey, only about 33 completed it. The men traveled along the Missouri River in a 55 foot keelboat and several smaller boats. In November they met Sacagawea who acted as an interpreter. They wintered in what is now North Dakota, continuing the journey in the spring across the Rocky Mountains, through the Bitterroot Mountains and down the rapids of the Clearwater and Snake river in canoes. Eventually they reached the calmer Columbia river which led them to the sea. On November 8, 1805 the group reached the Pacific Ocean, the first European explores to do so overland from the east.