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Firing Flintlocks at Harpers Ferry

Firing Flintlocks at Harpers Ferry

Reenactors fire flintlocks at Harpers Ferry. In 1803, Meriwether Lewis obtained from 15 rifles, 15 powder horns, 30 bullet molds, 30 ball screws, extra rifle and musket locks, gunsmith's repair tools, several d... More

Lewis and Clark in the Land of Blackbird, "King of the Mahas"

Lewis and Clark in the Land of Blackbird, "King of the Mahas"

The map is a cartographic reconstruction of Lewis and Clark's journey through the Blackbird Study Area near the Missouri River. It was created in conjunction with a study by Ryan M. Cooper, Steven L. De Vore, a... More

Quarters at Camp Dubois

Quarters at Camp Dubois

Replica of quarters at Camp Dubois (Illinois) where the Corps spent the winter of 1803-1804.

Spirit Mound

Spirit Mound

Lewis and Clark, along with nine of their men, visited Spirit Mound on August 25, 1804. The Otoe, Omaha, and Sioux believed the site was home to 18 inch tall “deavels” armed with sharp arrows. Clark found the v... More

Earth lodge at Knife River NHS

Earth lodge at Knife River NHS

The Mandan and Hidatsa peoples, among whom the Expedition spent the winter of 1804-1805, lived in permanent villages of well-constructed earthlodge dwellings.

Three Forks from Lewis Lookout

Three Forks from Lewis Lookout

On August 5, 1805, Meriwether Lewis climbed to the top of a hill now known as Lewis Lookout and located a short distance from Dillon, MT. He hoped to gain a better perspective on the landscape and confirm his b... More

1885 Treaty with Ponca

1885 Treaty with Ponca

Image of handwritten document 1885 Ponca treaty

Lewis and Clark in the Rocky Mountains /

Lewis and Clark in the Rocky Mountains /

Relief shown by spot heights. Panel title: Lewis and Clark in the Rocky Mountains : the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail commemorates one of our nation's grandest journeys of exploration. "This detailed... More

Lewis and Clark trail: PLSS description

Lewis and Clark trail: PLSS description

Public Land Survey System description image

Discovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark : bicentennial commemoration 2003-2006 /

Discovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark : bicentennial commemoration...

Legend includes preparation, recruitment, exploration and homecoming, Indian reservations, Louisiana Purchase boundary, and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Available also through the Library of Congres... More

Lewis and Clark trail: Pike's Peak

Lewis and Clark trail: Pike's Peak

Pike's Peak from Highway 83 in Douglas county, CO. Possible landmark for Ponca tribe.

Corps and Keelboat

Corps and Keelboat

Reenactors portraying Meriwether Lewis and members of the Corps of Discovery arrive in Louisville, KY.

Lewis and Clark Trail to the Missouri River

Lewis and Clark Trail to the Missouri River

Members of the Manitou Bluffs Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. completed a trail from the historic town of Arrow Rock, Missouri to the Missouri River. 2004 Grant for $15,000.

Lewis and Clark Student Activity Book

Lewis and Clark Student Activity Book

The Watercourse and International Project Wet produced and printed the 16-page children’s books. Students explore tools and techniques used by expedition members, learn about significant people and places, and ... More

Quillwork Demonstration at Corps of Discovery II

Quillwork Demonstration at Corps of Discovery II

Quillwork Demonstration at Corps of Discovery II in Eagle Butte, SD.

Lewis and Clark trail: Beaverhead Rock

Lewis and Clark trail: Beaverhead Rock

Beaverhead Rock, located near Dillon, MT. On August 8, 1805, Sacagawea saw Beaverhead Rock and knew she was home. According to Lewis, “[T]his hill she says her nation calls the beaver's head from a conceived re... More

Columbia River - free images of reptiles

Columbia River - free images of reptiles

The Corps of Discovery hoped to find the headwaters of the Missouri and Columbia rivers in close proximity. Instead, the Corps traveled on foot, by horseback and floated down the Clearwater and Snake rivers bef... More

Lewis and Clark trail: Clark's Tree

Lewis and Clark trail: Clark's Tree

The City of Long Beach commissioned the creation of a bronze monument representing the wind swept tree upon which William Clark carved his initials on Nov. 19, 1805. 2001 Grant for $10,000

Secretary Norton Reviews Honor Guard

Secretary Norton Reviews Honor Guard

Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, reviews honor guard in Washington D.C. (2003)

Fiddler at Fort Osage

Fiddler at Fort Osage

Fiddler plays at Fort Osage in Sibley, Missouri.

Randy'L Teton, model for Sacagawea Coin

Randy'L Teton, model for Sacagawea Coin

Randy'l Teton, Shoshone-Bannock/Cree from the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho, was the model for the Sacagawea gold dollar.

Harry Beauchamp and son (Assiniboine)

Harry Beauchamp and son (Assiniboine)

Harry Beauchamp and son Harry Beauchamp III, of the Assiniboine tribe, at the Tent of Many Voices, Corps of Discovery II.

Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps

Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps

Lewis Clark Fife and Drum Corps perform at Monticello.

Indian Post Office, Lolo Trail

Indian Post Office, Lolo Trail

The Expedition crossed the Bitteroot Mountains in September of 1805. Led by Old Toby, a Nez Perce, they followed the Lolo Trail. As they traveled, they passed Indian Post Office.

Great Falls of the Missouri River

Great Falls of the Missouri River

The Expedition spent one month -June 13 to July 13, 1805 - surmounting one of the great challenges of the journey. In the heat of the Montana summer, the men built two crude wagons and portaged the boats, equip... More

Members of the Blackfeet Nation

Members of the Blackfeet Nation

Members of the Blackfeet Nation at Corps of Discovery II.

Dedication of the Sacagawea Statue, Washington DC

Dedication of the Sacagawea Statue, Washington DC

Celebrating the dedication of the statue of Sacagawea in Washington D.C..

Reviewing the Troops

Reviewing the Troops

Reviewing the troops at Fort Massac in Paducah, KY.

Missouri River in Omaha, NE

Missouri River in Omaha, NE

The Corps of Discovery traveled the length of the Missouri River, from its confluence with the Mississippi to its source in Montana. Numerous dams and channeling have altered the character of the Missouri River... More

Detail of Clinton Brown's (Gros Ventre) Regalia

Detail of Clinton Brown's (Gros Ventre) Regalia

Detail of regalia worn by Clinton Brown, Gros Ventre of the Fort Belknap Reservation in Harlem, MT.

Sunset on the Pacific

Sunset on the Pacific

In November 1805 the Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific. Having found “the most practicable and navigable passage across the Continent of North America,” their mission was complete.

Preparing the Evening Gun

Preparing the Evening Gun

Reenactors prepare the evening gun at Fort Massac in Paducah, KY.

Expedition Supplies at Camp Dubois

Expedition Supplies at Camp Dubois

Replica Expedition supplies at Camp Dubois in Illinois.

Military Profile on "Discovering L&C" web site

Military Profile on "Discovering L&C" web site

VIAs Inc. completed this section of the Discovering Lewis and Clark website (www.lewis-clark.org). This area of the site includes a video interview with historian Stephen Ambrose and three-dimensional animation... More

Women in Regalia at Pow-Wow

Women in Regalia at Pow-Wow

Women in regalia at a pow-wow.

Lewis and Clark Festival, Onawa, IA

Lewis and Clark Festival, Onawa, IA

In June 2006, the Friends of Discovery put on a 3-day Lewis and Clark Festival with presentations, music, living history, and more. The event was held in Lewis and Clark State Park in Onowa, Iowa. 2006 Grant for $6,000

Camp Dubois Reconstruction

Camp Dubois Reconstruction

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency completed a complete reconstruction of the Lewis and Clark expedition’s first winter encampment, Camp River Dubois. 2002 Grant for $100,000

York, as portrayed by Hasan Davis

York, as portrayed by Hasan Davis

York, as portrayed by Hasan Davis.

Paddle to Fort Clatsop

Paddle to Fort Clatsop

A 32-foot traditional cedar dug-out canoe was carved. Tribal members of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes contracted with a master carver from the Quinault Indian Nation to teach traditional methods. 2004... More

Corps II Event, Washington D.C.

Corps II Event, Washington D.C.

Corps II Event, Washington D.C.

Sgt. Floyd Monument, Sioux City, IA

Sgt. Floyd Monument, Sioux City, IA

Sergeant Charles Floyd, Jr. was the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die on the journey. A monument to Sgt. Floyd stands near the site where he died.

Tribal Flags at Eagle Butte, SD

Tribal Flags at Eagle Butte, SD

Tribal Flags at a pow-wow in Eagle Butte, SD.

Lewis and Clark trail: Fort Clatsop

Lewis and Clark trail: Fort Clatsop

On December 5, William Clark wrote that Captain Lewis had found a suitable location for their winter quarters with “Elk Suffient to winter on.” The men soon set to work building their home, a fortification meas... More

Lewis and Clark trail: Spirit Mound

Lewis and Clark trail: Spirit Mound

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks is working to restore the historic prairie vegetation on Spirit Mound, a significant Lewis and Clark site.Spirit Mound is near Vermillion, South Dakota. 2004... More

Hoop Dance at Lower Brule Reservation

Hoop Dance at Lower Brule Reservation

Hoop dance at Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota

Joe Bearstail (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation)

Joe Bearstail (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation)

Joe Bearstail, of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, dances in the Tent of Many Voices, Corps of Discovery II.

George Drouillard as portrayed by Roger Wendlick.

George Drouillard as portrayed by Roger Wendlick.

George Drouillard as portrayed by Roger Wendlick.

Daniel Slosberg as Pierre Cruzatte

Daniel Slosberg as Pierre Cruzatte

Daniel Slosberg portrays Pierre Cruzatte.

Hat Rock State Park

Hat Rock State Park

Hat Rock was described by Clark as a rock resembling a hat. It is located in Hat Rock State Park, Umatilla County, Oregon.

Park wetlands, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, 2016.

Park wetlands, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, 2016.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park recognizes the importance of wetlands for the sustenance of various plants, animals, prevention of river flooding, as a natural absorber of carbon dioxide and as a provi... More

Cormorants (Phalacrocorax) resting on a log, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, 2016.

Cormorants (Phalacrocorax) resting on a log, Lewis and Clark National ...

Forty species of cormorants and shags belong to the family Phalacrocoracidae. These medium-to-large birds have long, thin, hooked bills and webbed feet for diving and fishing. Cormorants are coastal rather than... More

Wildflowers blooming near Missouri River

Wildflowers blooming near Missouri River

Wildflowers blooming by Missouri River in Montana

Storm clouds over the Niobrara/ Missouri River confluence

Storm clouds over the Niobrara/ Missouri River confluence

Storm clouds over the Niobrara/ Missouri River confluence

Missouri Breaks Vista Montana

Missouri Breaks Vista Montana

View near Claggett Hill overlook Missouri Breaks, Montana

Pronghorn near Fort Peck Montana

Pronghorn near Fort Peck Montana

Pronghorn in Fort Peck, Montana

Camp River Dubois Marker Hartford Illinois

Camp River Dubois Marker Hartford Illinois

Camp River Dubois Lewis and Clark marker

Overlook at Indian Cave State Park Nebraska

Overlook at Indian Cave State Park Nebraska

Boardwalk trail at Indian Cave State Park, Nebraska

aquatic plants at Giant Springs

aquatic plants at Giant Springs

Close view of aquatic plants and cascading water at Giant Springs State Park, Montana

American White Pelican Flying at Black Eagle Falls Montana

American White Pelican Flying at Black Eagle Falls Montana

American white pelican sitting in the water near Black Eagle Falls, Montana

Canada geese and goslings

Canada geese and goslings

Canada geese pair with goslings

View of Giant Springs Montana

View of Giant Springs Montana

View of Giant Springs State Park Montana

American White Pelican at Black Eagle Falls Montana

American White Pelican at Black Eagle Falls Montana

American white pelican sitting in the water near Black Eagle Falls, Montana

Wildflower blooming at Lemhi Pass Montana

Wildflower blooming at Lemhi Pass Montana

Wildflowers blooming at Lemhi Pass

Rainbow Falls Overlook Montana

Rainbow Falls Overlook Montana

View of Rainbow Falls from Overlook

Gates of the Mountains by boat

Gates of the Mountains by boat

Gates of the Mountains canyon view from boat

Juvenile Bald Eagle perched

Juvenile Bald Eagle perched

Juvenile bald eagle perched in tree snag.

Osprey Perched, National Parks Birds Images
Double-crested cormorant flying

Double-crested cormorant flying

Double-crested cormorant flying

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