Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 19 - St. Charles, Missouri

Modern-day musicians, re-enactors and vendors gathered on the shores of the Missouri River to commemorate the departure of Lewis and Clark from St. Charles in 1804.  Middle school musicians played period music as rifles fired in the distance.

Lewis and Clark rendezvoused in St. Charles at the mouth of the Missouri River after months of preparations.  Here they made final adjustments to the gear loaded on their 55-foot keelboat and two pirogues before their departure on May 21, 1804.  They travelled upstream using sails, oars, long poles and even ropes pulled by the men from shore. They averaged 10-15 miles a day.

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