THIS IS THE SPOT
WHERE LEWIS AND CLARK
STARTED THEIR EXPEDITION
. . . on the Missouri River
in St. Charles, Missouri.
They took 33 men 1,850 miles,
against the current,
departing May 21, 1804.
It took 2 years to reach their destination
in the Pacific Northwest.
Their primary vessel was a 55-foot keel boat,
with 2 smaller boats to carry their supplies.
Today's river is much deeper and wider
than when they started.
(The Missouri River was 18-inches deep,
propelled by sails and long poles
pushed by boat personnel.)
The entire trip was accomplished
against the stream.
They averaged 10-15 miles a day.