Fall view overlooking the fertile farmland
along the Missouri River
(Gasconade County, Missouri).
The longest river in North America at 2,340 miles,
the Missouri River empties into the mighty Mississippi
near St. Louis . . . close to where Lewis & Clark
began their epic expedition "up river" in search
of a water route to the Pacific coast.
Through unchartered territories, brutal elements and
paddling their canoes against the flow of this powerful river,
Lewis & Clark reached the west coast in Oregon, December 1805,
successfully ending their year-and-a-half journey.
(The Missouri River's ultimate headwaters
and hydrologic source is at Brower's Spring, Montana.)