Lewis and Clark at Camp Dubois
The Lewis and Clark entourage ("Journey of Discovery") left the St. Louis area in May 1804. They began their expedition after training and getting outfitted for the journey at Camp Dubois (Camp Woods) which is not far from St. Louis and what is today Hartford, Illinois. It was astonishing to me on a number of levels. To me, this whole effort including the planning, preparation and execution of it (1803-1806) was like sending a man like sending a man to the moon in 1969.
The insight and education of Lewis was amazing. He did a crash course in botany, medicine, politics, Indian relations, hunting, fishing, survival, etc. Additionally, he knew how to select and train men of a certain character and skill set that would serve the group well. Above all, he had leadership skills that postured him for the arduous and unbelievable hardships he and his men faced.
Toward the end of our summer travels and the closer we got to the St. Louis area, the more we realized we wanted to find out about Camp Dubois. We found an excellent place to do just that at the Lewis and Clark State Historic State Park. This place is not far from the actual Camp Dubois site which was along the Missouri River. The precise location of the camp is thought to be now in the middle of the river. Over time, the course of the river has changed and now flows over the original encampment location.
When we arrived it was in the early afternoon and the Park was almost empty. There were three volunteers (that we saw) running the place and the only other visitors were a couple plus Pam and me.
effective duos in our nation's history. They both worked very well together and complimented each other's strengths.
Here at the Historic Site, the building itself is unique. This angle gives the idea of the bow of a boat. Lewis and Clark made good use of a keelboat (also shown in pictures below) moving their supplies up down the Missouri River.
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