IN MISSOURI'S MOST FAMOUS CABIN
On May 14, 1804
Lewis and Clark began their epic journey
near St. Louis, on the Missouri River,
as they explored the vast American wilderness
opening the "northwest passage" to the Pacific coast.
By May 25, they reached Washington, Missouri,
and the Fort Charrette trading post.
French fur traders had established La Charrette ("little wagon")
for trappers headed up the "wide Missouri."
In their diaries, Meriwether Lewis recalled this stop as
"the last white settlement we encountered."
The cabin, adjoining the trading post, has been
preserved and carefully restored, complete with
authentic artifacts (including one of the original
Lewis & Clark peace medals and peace pipe.)
Today, historian Crosby Brown resides in the original cabin
and conducts tours of his "home" and historic post.
This 200+ year old cabin is a sacred site to celebrate Christmas
and the earliest days of the American frontier.