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Lewis and Clark
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Donna from Mo    Posted 06-22-2004 at 02:57:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live near the Missouri River, and I guess that's the reason they have designated the highway in front of my house a "scenic byway". Last night, to commemorate Lewis and Clark's passage through this area 200 years ago, they closed a 5-mile stretch of the road to traffic, and we had walkers, bikers, and horse-back riders going from one small town to the next. I went for the simple reason that my horse, Blue, seldom sees another horse, and I wanted him to have the opportunity to socialize. He appreciated making some equine friends!

I can't help wondering how many disappointed people there will be who go out of their way to travel a "scenic byway" and find nothing special about the route here. There are a couple of points where you can see the river, but other than that I really can't see that it's any more scenic than any state road in the area. The good part, though, is that they are making a fellow a few miles from here clean up an old junk yard that has been an eyesore for years. Here's to Lewis and Clark!


steve19438    Posted 06-22-2004 at 12:58:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i grew up with the "amish" not being stranger's. "we" always thought it funny that people (outsiders) would make a big fuss over them people.


rhouston    Posted 06-22-2004 at 08:12:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like our "natural area" signs posted along rt. 86 here in southern N.Y. Only problem with the Natural area is they are man made rectangular skeeter ponds that they stock with fish now and again. the real "natural area" was bulldozed under to make the road.


screaminghollow    Posted 06-22-2004 at 07:38:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I spent a week at Ft. Mandan in N.Dakota ten yrs ago. The Mo river is beautiful there. When I got back, I read Undaunted Courage by Ambrose. It is a good book. Lewis was truley a piece of work. Melancholy ran in the family, he was given all kinds of priviledges and training, and after keeping such great journals, Jefferson nearly threatened to lock him up if he didn't get things in order to be published. He refused to free the slave that accompanied them, and took the slave's share of land. Then on his way back to Washington, a heroin addict who shot himself and when he didn't die, he started skinning out his own leg and finally died. Clark was a much better person. When Charbonneau abandoned Sacagawea and her children in St Louis, Clark took them in. He made sure the children went to school. Sacagawea's son, Jean Baptist eventually went to Europe with Karl Bodmer and Prince Maximillian. I don't know what happened to the daughter. No one even knows what happened to Sacagawea. Census records show there was an elderly indian woman of that name at the Wind River Reservation in 1880. Others say she died during an epidemic much before that. The success of the Corps of Discovery was as much due to her as any other.


Donna    Posted 06-22-2004 at 09:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you haven't seen the Imax movie, "Lewis and Clark", let me tell you it's worth seeing!


Indydirtfarmer    Posted 06-22-2004 at 04:54:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That "trek" as well as the original, started in "Clarksville, Indiana". Just a few miles from here. The cabin that Clark lived in has been restored/re-built on the site where the expedition began. It is at "The Falls of the Ohio State Park".
The farm that I was raised on, and now own, was given to my Great-Great-Great grandfather as payment for "services rendered" in preparing equipment, and housing the men that started out on the journey.
LOTS of Lewis and Clark history in this area.
If you haven't already, read Steven Ambrose's book, "Undaunting Courage" about the expedition. (He was/is my favorite author. He also was one of the founders of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans, La.)John


Donna    Posted 06-22-2004 at 04:00:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here are the walkers starting their journey on our "scenic byway". (Sorry, but somehow that phrase just cracks me up)


Heya Donna mo - Dee in m    Posted 06-22-2004 at 08:31:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am really partial to Blue's great ears! We have a few similar ourselves. I live north of the MO River so if I want to go to KC, I cross the MO River west of the Rocheport getoff & before Boonville on I-70; or if I need to go to Jeff City, MO I travel Hwy 54 & cross MO River on the east side of JC @ Cedar City (Cedar City is a memory of what it used to be due to the flood of '93). For Augie - same thing. Wolf lives south of the MO river. We are all in "mid Missouri". Dee


Les    Posted 06-22-2004 at 03:40:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's to Lewis and Clark, indeed!! I've been fascinated with the story since the days of my youth. I read their diaries a few years ago. One thing that always amazed me is that they all survived to return home except for that one Sgt (name excapes me) who died early on from what must have been a ruptured appendix.
Are you on the same side of the river as Wolf or as Augie?
";^)


Donna    Posted 06-22-2004 at 03:49:41       [Reply]  [No Email]

I'm not really sure which side of the river they're on... I'm on the south side, but only about a mile south; I ride Blue down to the river often. Here's a picure of a few members of our local school band playing as we rode our horses down the "scenic byway".


Les    Posted 06-22-2004 at 04:05:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks pretty scenic to me. Love that patch job on the road";^O
I don't know which side of the river each of them is on. Where I come from, the rivers all run south so here, you're either on the east or the west side of the river ("the river" being the Pemigewasset River) and I'm on the east side of it, not that it makes any difference.
BTW, Pemigewasset is an Indian word that means "river with a funny name", or something like that. Not much of a river compared to the Big Muddy.


Donna    Posted 06-22-2004 at 04:10:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

Big Muddy looks pretty small after seeing the Potomac last week! I took this shot from the back porch of Mount Vernon.


Les...Yabbut    Posted 06-22-2004 at 04:20:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
that there Potomac River is tidewater at that point. Not to diminish it as a major river but the Big Muddy I'm sure has a lot more volume of flow than the Potomac. Look how much country it drains!! The Potomac watershed is much smaller


Cindi    Posted 06-22-2004 at 03:57:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
We're coming up on that time of year where we have a bunch of people come out here and pitch teepees and bring covered wagons and live a week or two like pioneers. They camp on reclaimed mine land that has had the minimum attention as far as reclaiming it. In other words,it LOOKS like reclaimed mining land. Nothing scenic about it. But it used to be a congregation spot for hunters trappers and cowboys a hundred years ago. I guess it's all in the spirit.


Donna    Posted 06-22-2004 at 04:02:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, you have mail from CDwood@classicnet


Okie doke..    Posted 06-22-2004 at 16:21:40       [Reply]  [No Email]

...I'll check it out.


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