Discovery August 17, 2006 – Tour Day 14

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At the site of present day Sacajawea State Park (the spelling varies, depending upon what state you are in!) the Corps of Discovery met with local inhabitants, and as they had so many times before, made ceremonial presentations and speeches.

We’ll pause where the Snake River joins the Columbia to discuss some of the events which took place here on Oct. 17-18, 1805. The outstanding Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will highlight this afternoon’s agenda. Overnight at the Hood River Inn in Hood River, OR. (B)

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Discovery August 16, 2006 – Tour Day 13

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Traveling the Lolo Trail will be far more pleasant for us than for the Corps, which suffered greatly from cold and hunger along this extraordinarily beautiful passage. Our local guide will help us to understand the chronology as we travel westward and enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. We’ll visit the canoe camp, where the expedition halted to hollow out logs as the Natives had instructed them. To learn more about these inhabitants who were meeting their first white men, we’ll visit the visitors’ center at the Nez Perce National Historic

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Discovery August 15, 2006 – Tour Day 12

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Our first stop this morning is to historic Fort Benton, a bustling nineteenth century river port, and the highest point on the river served by steamboats. Montana’s famous cowboy artist, Charlie Russell, wasn’t on the scene when our heroes struggled with the great falls the Indians had warned them of. But he did commemorate the era of westward expansion that the Corps of Discovery opened up. We’ll visit the outstanding C.M. Russell museum. A highlight of our journey is the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls… Continue reading

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Discovery August 14, 2006 – Tour Day 11

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On this morning’s agenda is a visit to Missouri River Headwaters State Park where Lewis & Clark discovered (and named) the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers. After our picnic lunch, it’s on to the Gates of the Mountains, named by Lewis after towering cliffs appeared to block the way up the Missouri River. As the expedition neared the cliffs and changed directions, the cliffs seemed to pull apart like a huge gate. Our interpretive boat ride will afford us much of the same sights that awed Lewis &amp… Continue reading

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Discovery August 13, 2006 – Tour Day 10

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Another eventful day begins with a tour of the beautifully restored Fort Union. Established by John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company, Fort Union was the most important fur trading post on the Missouri River between 1822 and 1867. Next we’ll visit Pompeys Pillar National Historic Landmark, named for Sakakawea’s infant son. Captain Clark carved his name in the rock on the return trip in 1806, and it remains today one of only a handful of physical evidence along the Lewis & Clark Trail. Overnight tonight at the Country Inn in

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Discovery August 12, 2006 – Tour Day 9

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Today we visit the site where the Corps of Discovery wintered under the watchful eyes of the Mandans and Hidatsas. We’ll visit the Fort Mandan replica and the new Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center which features a complete set of the Bodmer prints. Bodmer produced more than 400 renderings of the Native Americans and natural wonders he encountered on his own western voyage just 30 years after Lewis and Clark blazed the trail. Through his paintings we will see the undisturbed terrain as the first whites saw it almost 200 years ago. This… Continue reading

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Discovery August 11, 2006 – Tour Day 8

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The latterday Fort Abraham Lincoln (Lt. Col G.A. Custer’s last assignment before riding off into history) was built adjacent to an ancient earthlodge which was already abandoned when Lewis & Clark sailed by. We’ll tour the rebuilt lodges at On-A-Slant Village and visit the outstanding exhibits at the North Dakota Heritage Center before boarding the Lewis & Clark Riverboat for a dinner-cruise on the mighty Missouri which has become a familiar friend over the course of our journey. Overnight again at the Country Inn in Bismarck, ND. (B, D)… Continue reading

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Discovery August 10, 2006 – Tour Day 7

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South Dakota Sites worth investigating

This morning we’ll visit world famous St. Joseph Indian School where the outstanding Akta Lakota Museum
offers a view of the Native Americans whose lives were greatly affected by the course of events set in motion by the discoveries of the Lewis & Clark expedition.

The Corps:”Then we’ll travel the area where the Corps encountered their first “hostile” natives. After a day full of natural wonders”

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Discovery August 9, 2006 – Tour Day 6

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Gavin’s Point Dam, the site of the first encounter with the Yankton Sioux and an authentic meal served on the banks of the Missouri River top off a perfect day on the Northern Plains. We were in the former territory of the Yangton Sioux. Tonight’s accommodations are at the Cedar Shores Resort, overlooking the Missouri River just north of Chamberlain, SD.

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Discovery August 8, 2006 – Tour Day 5

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The journey continues with a tour of Fort Atkinson, yet another frontier fort built on the recommendation of Wm. Clark. We’ll also tour the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City, pay our respects to Sgt. Floyd (the only casulaty of the enntire journey), plus a few surprises along the way. Our overnight tonight is at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, NE. (B)

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The journey continues with a tour of Fort Atkinson,

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