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  • The explorer who made Lewis and Clark look like tourists.

    04/15/2012 7:48:33 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 64 replies ^ | Old Article | TIMOTHY HARPER
    D avid Thompson was a monumental figure in North American history. A fur trader, an explorer and perhaps the greatest land geographer ever, he led expeditions through incredible hardship and danger to safety. His 77 journals made important contributions to our understanding of culture, history and everyday life in North America before Europeans brought horses, guns, alcohol and disease. And he and his American Indian wife lived one of the great love stories of all time. So why havenÂ’t you heard of 19th-century frontiersman David Thompson? No doubt one reason is that he spent most of his long life in...
  • Lewis and Clark in murder mystery 200 years after their final expedition

    06/27/2009 12:07:48 PM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 1,166+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Jun 27, 2009 | Jacqui Goddard
    When explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark completed a trailblazing expedition across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean in 1806, they were revered as American heroes and their journals as literary classics. But Lewis's death three years later, at the age of 35, is now turning into a historical whodunnit as academics, scientists and generations of his descendants question whether he really committed suicide, as was accepted at the time, or whether he may have been felled by an assassin's bullets.
  • Mesa State accepts donated journals of trailblazers of West, Lewis and Clark

    08/08/2007 8:29:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 591+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | August 08, 2007 | KYLENE KIANG
    The foundation marked Gormley’s achievement with a donation of books — seven volumes of the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition — to the Tomlinson Library at Mesa State College. The journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark... were edited by Gary Moulton and published by the University of Nebraska Press. They are known among today’s historians as the best and most current version of the duo’s journey through the American West. Mesa State College Library Director Elizabeth Brodak said the fact that the books are forms of primary source material... “Anyone who wishes to get that flavor for...
  • Lewis and Clark stepped here! (Dave Barry)

    08/05/2007 10:03:24 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 1,141+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Lewis and Clark stepped here! BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published Sept. 14, 1997.) We went West for our summer vacation. Our idea was to follow in the footsteps of the hardy explorers Lewis and Clark, who traveled 8,000 miles through hostile, uncharted wilderness, a feat that was possible only because of their great courage and the fact that they left their children at home. Otherwise, they would have quit after maybe 200 yards. On our trip, we encountered numerous families that, after many hours together in the minivan, had reached Critical Hostility Mass. At...
  • Camping and Lewis and Clark

    08/20/2006 9:07:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 1,082+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Camping and Lewis and Clark BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on April 7, 1996.) Now that it's warmed up, I'm thinking about camping. Don't misunderstand me: I'm not thinking about actually going camping, in the sense of venturing outdoors and turning my body into an All-U-Can-Eat buffet for insects. I'm just thinking about camping. What got me on this topic is a book I'm reading, called ''Undaunted Courage,'' by Stephen E. Ambrose, about the ultimate camping trip: the Lewis and Clark expedition. If you're a product of the U.S. educational system, you no doubt...
  • 540 free trips to North Dakota contest entry deadline extended to April 2--sponsored by Nat'l Guard

    03/04/2006 8:16:25 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 7 replies · 406+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | March 4, 2006 | Marathon Pundit
    Last month I had a couple of blog posts about the contest sponsored by the North Dakota National Guard that is offering 540 free trips (10 from each state and US territory), to North Dakota. Yes, FREE trips. In mid-February, only about 30 entries for this contest were received. The deadline to enter was February 28, but that has been extended to April 2. Medora, which is adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, is one of the destinations for winners of the contest; the contest is open to students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming...
  • North Dakota National Guard offering 540 free trips to the Peace Garden State

    02/23/2006 2:55:01 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 6 replies · 410+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | February 18, 2006 | Marathon Pundit
    ...and according to AP, only 28 people have entered, 12 of them from North Dakota. Okay, let the jokes fly, but I've been to the Peace Garden State, and it's a great place. That's me below in 2004 running in the North Dakota Badlands near Medora, one of the places the winners--and their chaperones--will visit this summer. Anyone who knows any high schoolers who will be juniors or seniors next year should tell them about the North Dakota National Guard essay contest. From AP: A National Guard essay contest is offering 10 selected high school students from every state and...
  • Who Was Sacagawea?

    11/16/2005 10:32:48 AM PST · by Lorianne · 92 replies · 2,575+ views
    Voice of America ^ | Susan Logue
    In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked two men – Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – to mount an expedition to explore the uncharted vastness of America’s new western territory. Two hundred years ago this week (11/16), the team they led -- known as the Corps of Discovery – completed a 2000-kilometer journey from the central state of Missouri and arrived at the Pacific coast. The Corps included a diverse team of men and… one of the most celebrated women in American history: Sacagawea. Her name has been bestowed on mountain peaks, streams, lakes and schools. Her portrait – as imagined...
  • "[I resolve] In the future to live for mankind"-M Lewis, 8/18/1805(Happy B-day!)

    08/18/2005 12:31:26 PM PDT · by socal_parrot · 11 replies · 291+ views
    various | 8/18/05 | socal_parrot
    I reflected that I had as yet done but little, very little indeed, to further the happiness of the human race or to advance the information of the succeeding generation. I viewed with regret the many hours I have spent in indolence...[I resolve] In the future to live for mankind, as I have heretofore lived for myself." -Meriwether Lewis on his 31st birtday August 18, 1805 Camp Fortunate (Near present day Dillon, MT.) Captain Meriwether Lewis, along with Captain William Clark and the Corps of Discovery had left St. Louis 15 months earlier. Under his leadership, the Corps had traveled...
  • Archaeological find won't derail Lewis and Clark memorial at Station Camp

    07/31/2005 12:25:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 293+ views
    The Daily News (WA) ^ | Jul 26, 2005 | Leslie Slape
    CHINOOK --- Construction of Station Camp, an eight-acre waterfront park honoring Lewis and Clark and the Chinook Nation, will resume as planned once archaeological work at the site is completed, the Washington Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. The Chinook National and the Washington State Historical Society have reached an agreement on the realignment of U.S. Highway 101 east of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Highway work was suspended in January when archaeologists discovered a well-preserved impression in the soil of wooden planks, evidence that a Chinook Indian plank house may once have occupied the spot. Archaeologists welcomed the discovery as a chance...
  • Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (Happy Birthday Pomp! 02/11/1805)

    02/11/2005 9:42:00 AM PST · by socal_parrot · 9 replies · 4,627+ views ^ | 2/11/5 | PBS
    Born Feb. 11, 1805, at Fort Mandan, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was the son of French Canadian interpreter, Touissant Charbonneau, and his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea. Lewis and Clark arrived in the Hidatsa-Mandan territory in October 1804 and hired the elder Charbonneau and Sacagawea as an interpreter team. The captains had learned that the Shoshones had a large herd of horses. They were eager to have Sacagawea, who spoke Shoshone, to accompany them to negotiate for horses needed to cross the western mountains, despite that she was six months pregnant at the time. While the expedition wintered at Fort Mandan, Lewis, on...
  • Sakakawea: Myths Abound About Origin, Death Of Woman Who Aided Lewis And Clark

    01/11/2005 5:51:00 PM PST · by blam · 64 replies · 4,472+ views
    The Forum ^ | 1-09-2005
    Sakakawea: Myths abound about origin, death of woman who aided Lewis & Clark By Patrick Springer, The Forum Published Sunday, January 09, 2005 Sakakawea ambled into recorded history one "clear and pleasant" morning in a way that endeared her to an explorer still getting acclimated to the harsh plains weather. Sgt. John Ordway noted in his journal that two American Indian women visiting the Lewis and Clark Expedition's winter camp, still under construction, came with welcome gifts - four buffalo robes. "I Got one fine one myself," Ordway wrote on Nov. 11, 1804, at Fort Mandan in what is now...
  • Lewis and Clark re-enactors will come back home for a break

    11/07/2004 3:54:26 AM PST · by billorites · 14 replies · 353+ views
    St Louis Today ^ | November 5, 2004 | Michelle Munz
    When Lewis and Clark reached North Dakota this month 200 years ago, the icy Missouri River forced them to set up camp for five months. They built wooden huts, nearly ran out of meat, and Clark lined his gloves with lynx fur to guard against the cold. A crew re-creating the explorers' 1803-1806 expedition will spend this winter, however, at home. "I'm looking forward to some sushi," said the crew's captain, Scott Mandrell, 39, of Alton. "That's one thing I've missed desperately, being able to run to Schnucks and buy some sushi." < SNIP > No one can call them...
  • Lucky Break: Study Finds Lewis and Clark Could Have Met Dire Weather

    09/30/2004 1:30:58 PM PDT · by Horatio Gates · 20 replies · 397+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 29, 2004 | Lee Dye
    Sept. 29, 2004 — If Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had set off on their historic expedition across what is now the northwestern United States a few years earlier, or a couple of years later, the dream of then-President Thomas Jefferson might have turned into a nightmare. The success of that venture contributed to the expansion of the West, based largely on glowing reports of lush, fertile regions where wildlife was abundant. But according to new research, Lewis and Clark were extraordinarily lucky. Unbeknownst to them, they had hit a narrow "window of opportunity" which created favorable images of the...
  • Natives protest Lewis and Clark Expedition

    09/28/2004 10:47:27 AM PDT · by hawkdenver · 49 replies · 927+ views
    Stop Lewis and Clark movement ^ | September 28, 2004 | Stop Lewis and Clark movement
  • Indians Decry Lewis and Clark Re-Creation

    09/24/2004 3:34:22 PM PDT · by MarlboroRed · 70 replies · 878+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 9/24/04 | JOE KAFKA
    A project by a team of history buffs to retrace Lewis and Clark's expedition has proved historically accurate in at least one respect: The adventurers have encountered hostile Indians. A group of about 25 Indians told the expedition members to turn their boats around and go home last week as they made their way up the Missouri River near Chamberlain, where the rolling prairie opens to a grand vista on the lofty banks of the river. The Indians condemned the re-enactors for celebrating a journey that marked the beginning of the end for traditional Indian culture. The confrontation was laced...
  • Lewis & Clark re-enactors face anger, protests from American Indians

    09/21/2004 9:42:49 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 78 replies · 1,395+ views
    modbee ^ | 9-21-04
    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A group re-enacting the Lewis and Clark expedition was confronted in South Dakota by American Indian leaders who questioned the legacy of the 200-year-old trip and its effects on native culture. An American Indian delegation greeted the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles over the weekend with protest signs, including one suggesting the original expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led to genocide of their people and destruction of their culture. The re-enactors were asked to go back home. "I went as a peaceful emissary and asked in a kind way if they would leave," said...
  • U.S. Mint to Unveil New Nickel Designs

    09/16/2004 7:25:57 AM PDT · by evets · 79 replies · 1,541+ views
    yahooooooooo ^ | 09-16-04 | JEANNINE AVERSA,
    WASHINGTON - There's change in store for Thomas Jefferson — on the nickel that is. He's getting his first makeover since his likeness was put on the coin in 1938. The makers of the nation's coins, the U.S. Mint, was unveiling Thursday designs for two new nickels. It's the latest in a series of design changes for the coins to honor two important events in U.S. history: the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The revamped nickels will be issued in 2005. A new likeness of Jefferson, the third president, will be on the front of the two...
  • American Indian man says he'll ask Lewis and Clark team to leave

    09/15/2004 12:50:23 PM PDT · by Horatio Gates · 23 replies · 768+ views ^ | 9/15/2004
    CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) — A group led by a man from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is planning "an action of the Lakota people" against Lewis and Clark re-enactors who are coming to Chamberlain this weekend. "They're just opening up all the old wounds that we're still trying to heal from," Alex White Plume said. "They should have been a little bit more courteous and asked us about what they are doing, and maybe they could have joined in the healing effort. Instead, they're just coming through and bragging about what they did 200 years ago." About 20 people who...
  • Political Correctness carried to the Extreme!

    09/06/2004 1:22:36 PM PDT · by gc4nra · 50 replies · 1,989+ views
    09-06-2004 | gc$nra
    On Saturday we traveled from our home in Lakewood to Simi Valley to visit friends and accompany them to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. They have struck up a friendship with an extraordinary person who is a docent at the Library and we couldn’t resist the promise of a private tour. The tour was wonderful. The grounds magnificent, the exhibits awe inspiring including the replica of the Oval Office. Then we got to the Lewis and Clark exhibition. There were canoes and a authentic reproduction of one of their Keel Boats, an Indian village, the supplies and trinkets they carried...
  • The Stamp of Our Wild West

    06/15/2004 7:43:44 AM PDT · by Valin · 21 replies · 277+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | July/August 2004 | Karl Zinsmeister
    It was almost exactly 200 years ago: Three dozen men, tough as mule meat, departed the last outpost of civilization on an American odyssey that would take them more than 8,000 miles by foot, canoe paddle, and hoof. Before they finally returned to St. Charles, Missouri an amazing 864 days later, nearly everyone except the man who sent them assumed they had long since perished on their journey. The man who never lost hope was Thomas Jefferson--the Commander in Chief who more than doubled the size of the United States by purchasing "Upper Louisiana" from France in 1803, then dispatched...
  • Lewis and Clark's List: Opium and 'Portable Soup'(May 14, 1804)

    05/14/2004 8:39:15 AM PDT · by socal_parrot · 7 replies · 538+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 5/14/4 | Deborah Zabarenko
    By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Before the going got tough, the tough went shopping: opium, inkstands, sealing wax and "portable soup" were all on the list of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who launched an epic journey into the unknown American West exactly 200 years ago.   To mark Friday's anniversary, the National Archives offered a glimpse of documents that shed light on the careful planning and provisioning for the Lewis and Clark expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific and back. "We were now about to penetrate a country of at least 2,000 miles in width, on...
  • Illinois Site Marks Place Where Lewis, Clark and 11 Kentuckians, Spent Bitter Winter

    03/29/2004 6:52:25 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 293+ views
    Lexington, KY, Herald-Leader ^ | 03-29-04 | Craig, Berry
    Illinois site marks place where Lewis, Clark and 11 Kentuckians, spent bitter winter BERRY CRAIG Associated Press HARTFORD, Ill. - Pvt. John Colter was cold or bored, or maybe both. The young Kentuckian and three other soldiers left Camp River Dubois allegedly for "hunting or other business." They sneaked off to a "neighboring Whiskey shop" and got caught. Their commander confined them to camp for 10 days. The officer was Capt. Meriwether Lewis of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. The party of explorers, which included 11 Kentuckians, wintered in 1803-1804 at Camp River Dubois near Hartford, Ill....
  • Miller: Agents of empire, The Lewis and Clark expedition (military officers serving American empire)

    03/26/2004 7:46:33 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 11 replies · 260+ views
    Miller: Agents of empire, The Lewis and Clark expedition Posted: March 22, 2004 - 10:27am EST by: Robert J. Miller / Associate Professor / Lewis & Clark Law School Meriwether Lewis and William Clark rank high in the pantheon of American folk heroes. Even today, at the 200-year commemoration of their expedition, Lewis and Clark are viewed as brave adventurers who went where no one had gone before and explored and conquered the wilderness for the betterment of America. There is another way, however, to view Lewis and Clark, which is closer to the truth. Lewis and Clark were...
  • Commercializing the New Space Initiative

    03/01/2004 1:49:59 PM PST · by anymouse · 12 replies · 224+ views
    The Space Review ^ | Monday, March 1, 2004 | Jeff Foust
    When President George W. Bush officially announced the new space initiative at NASA Headquarters on January 14, he invoked the memory of a famous pair of explorers, Lewis and Clark. As Bush put it: Two centuries ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis to explore the new lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. They made that journey in the spirit of discovery, to learn the potential of vast new territory, and to chart a way for others to follow. America has ventured forth into space for the same reasons. A closer reading of history, though, suggests that the...
  • Bush administration seeks national status for Lewis, Clark site

    02/24/2004 4:33:37 PM PST · by yonif · 7 replies · 193+ views
    Tri-City Herald ^ | February 24th, 2004 | Les Blumenthal
    WASHINGTON -- The site where the Lewis and Clark reached the end of their journey West and first spied the Pacific Ocean would become part of the National Park system under legislation the Bush administration proposed Monday. The site near the mouth of the Columbia River, known as Station Camp, along with two other spots along the Columbia in Washington would become part of a new Lewis and Clark National Historic Park. "This will be the single most compelling legacy for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial in Washington state," said Dave Nicandri, director of the Washington State Historical Society in...
  • Jefferson’s Dream

    02/11/2004 6:46:22 PM PST · by anymouse · 13 replies · 208+ views
    The Space Review ^ | Monday, February 9, 2004 | Jeffrey E. Brooks
    What parallels can be drawn, and what lessons can be learned, from the Lewis and Clark expedition 200 years ago? In the spring of 1804, a hardy band of explorers left St. Louis and pushed their boats northwest, up the Missouri River. They were grandly called the Corps of Discovery, and were commanded by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It was the beginning of one of the most extraordinary adventures in American history, the brainchild of one of its most extraordinary men, President Thomas Jefferson. The expedition would return more than two years later, bringing with them news of dazzling...
  • Missing Lewis and Clark artifact turns up on a shelf

    02/04/2004 11:46:35 AM PST · by socal_parrot · 57 replies · 741+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 02/04/04 | Peter Demarco
    <p>Necklace made of grizzly-bear claws had been misplaced with other items in Peabody Museum.</p> <p>Dec. 17 began like any other work day for Kara Gniewek, a curatorial assistant at Harvard University's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Sliding on her white laboratory coat and snapping on latex gloves, she dove into her ongoing, three-year-old assignment - cataloging thousands of artifacts from the South Pacific in a large, musty storage room.</p>
  • Open space mission total waste of money

    01/25/2004 9:12:37 PM PST · by jwalburg · 129 replies · 312+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | Jan. 25, 2004 | Donna Marmorstein
    Prescott: Have you heard what the president is proposing now? Howell: Something about exploration, isn't it? Prescott: Right. He wants to send a crew out into the great beyond to explore uncharted territory. Have you seen the price tag? Howell: Yeah. And I understand that much of the funding goes into the pockets of the president's close buddies. One of the guys in charge served as his personal secretary for years, and the other is his good friend, William Clark. Prescott: There should be an investigation. Howell: Definitely! Prescott: It's almost as bad as that Louisiana Purchase deal earlier in...
  • Lewis And Clark Notes Reveal History Of Human Impacts

    11/21/2003 9:06:06 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 243+ views
    Scienece Daily ^ | 11-20-2003 | OSU
    Source: Oregon State University Date: 2003-11-20 Lewis And Clark Notes Reveal History Of Human Impacts CORVALLIS – Native Americans had a major impact on the wildlife of the American West for hundreds of years prior to European settlement, a report from Oregon State University indicates, based on data from one of the most accurate surveys of its time – the journals of Lewis and Clark. It is a myth that vast areas of the West existed in some sort of pristine state, largely unaffected by humans until the 1800s, the research concludes. In fact, the larger wildlife such as deer,...
  • U.S. to get two new nickels

    11/06/2003 1:03:33 PM PST · by freedom44 · 13 replies · 235+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 11/06/03 | Gordon T. Anderson
    <p>YORK (CNN/Money) - In April of this year, the U.S. Mint announced that it would redesign the five-cent coin, with a new nickel to be released in 2004. Today, the Mint unveiled designs for not one new nickel, but two.</p>
  • Nickel gets a makeover

    11/06/2003 8:52:05 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 52 replies · 678+ views
    News 14 Carolina ^ | November 6, 2003 | AP
    (WASHINGTON) -- After 65 years, the American nickel is getting its first makeover. But you'll have to flip it over to see a difference. Thomas Jefferson's face will still be on the front. But the back will be different. Instead of Jefferson's home, Monticello, it will depict scenes from the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis-and-Clark expedition to commemorate their bicentennials. Jefferson arranged the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States. He also was the force behind the expedition by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the Pacific coast and back. The U.S. Mint, which makes the nation's...
  • The dog that left a paw print on history

    08/10/2003 1:49:36 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 25 replies · 1,007+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 8/10/03 | Joseph B. Frazier
    PORTLAND — On May 14, 1804, William Clark wrote in his journal that "under a jentle brease," the boats of the Corps of Discovery headed up the Missouri with "46 men, 4 horses and 1 dog." With the Lewis and Clark expedition's bicentennial, narratives and edited journals are flying off the presses. Much of what there is to tell has been told. At least two new books tell the tale of the voyage supposedly from the dog's point of view. The shaggy, black, bearlike Newfoundland dog that accompanied them on the 8,000-mile, 28-month trek into the unknown remains largely in...
  • Once again, Indians of Northern Plains prepare a welcome

    08/10/2003 7:40:39 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 4 replies · 373+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | August 10, 2003 | Chuck Haga
    TWIN BUTTES, N.D. -- Soft, lyrical syllables come in rapids and eddies, like a stream that rushes and bends. Edwin Benson, 72, sits in his ranch kitchen and speaks the rippling words, telling the story of a crafty coyote who pretends to help a buffalo calf return to its herd. The coyote is persuasive, the buffalo calf naive. There is foreboding in Benson's tone, but humor, too. He tells the story in the language that two centuries ago welcomed Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the Mandan Indian villages by the Missouri River in western North Dakota, not far...
  • Dog's tale of Lewis and Clark

    08/04/2003 10:21:41 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 432+ views
    AP ^ | Monday, August 4, 2003
    <p>On May 14, 1804, William Clark wrote in his journal that "under a jentle brease," the boats of the Corps of Discovery headed up the Missouri with "46 men, 4 horses and 1 dog."</p> <p>With the Lewis and Clark expedition's bicentennial, narratives and edited journals are flying off the presses. Much of what there is to tell has been told. At least two new books tell the tale of the voyage supposedly from the dog's point of view.</p>
  • Free Army musical show slated for Mellon Arena in September

    07/25/2003 8:59:25 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 12 replies · 222+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Friday, July 25, 2003 | Karen MacPherson
    <p>WASHINGTON -- For the first time ever, the U.S. Army will take its annual musical extravaganza, "Spirit of America," to Pittsburgh -- and tickets are free.</p> <p>Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the "Spirit of America" -- a two-hour mixture of music, history and ceremonial military drills -- will be performed four times at Mellon Arena on Sept. 12-13.</p>
  • Oregon or the Grave

    07/05/2003 6:31:44 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 36 replies · 284+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | July 1, 2003 | Randol B. Fletcher
    fresh perspective on the aftermath of the Lewis & Clark Expedition On the first day of May 1839 a group of 16 armed and mounted men rode up to the courthouse in the town square of Peoria, Illinois, bowed their heads, pledged themselves never to desert one another, turned and rode west to the cheers of local citizens who had turned out to see them off. Their stated intent was to colonize the Oregon country on behalf of the United States and drive out the English fur trading companies operating there. Their organizer and elected captain was a Peoria...
  • Exploring Lewis and Clark's legacy

    05/22/2003 7:08:54 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 356+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5/21/03 | TOM GRALISH
    PHILADELPHIA - Stories of Lewis and Clark usually start out west, where the explorers paddled up the Missouri River in 1804 to explore the Louisiana Purchase and find an easy water route to the Pacific Ocean. But it was 200 years ago that the tale really began - in Philadelphia. A few years after drafting the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, based in Philadelphia. Though he had never traveled more than 50 miles west of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Jefferson dreamed of a scientific exploration of the unmapped West. So when he...
  • Nickel Makeover to Commemorate 2 Events

    04/24/2003 7:54:44 PM PDT · by mikenola · 18 replies · 766+ views
    Posted on Thu, Apr. 24, 2003 Nickel Makeover to Commemorate 2 Events REBECCA CARROLL Associated Press WASHINGTON -The nickel is getting a makeover. The back side of the new 5-cent coin will commemorate the bicentennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark expedition. The U.S. Mint hopes to issue the nickels late this year or in early 2004. In 2006, nickels will return to a depiction of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home, although the image will not necessarily replicate the version on today's coin. Lawmakers from Virginia pushed for and received assurance that the coin design...
  • Nicked Off - The Battle of Monticello

    06/19/2002 12:08:43 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 27 replies · 707+ views
    NRO ^ | 06/19/02 | John J. Miller
    The U.S. Mint almost booted Monticello off the nickel this week — until Virginia's delegation to the House of Representatives, led by Republican Eric Cantor, introduced legislation to stop it. That's the story Cantor's office is spreading, though the Mint says the whole thing is just a big misunderstanding. What's clear, however, is that the Mint doesn't want next year's nickels looking like the ones now jingling in your pocket. The Mint would like to redesign all of America's coins. Its ongoing 50 State Quarters program has been a popular success. As a celebration of federalism, too, it's something conservatives...
  • Get ready for Lewis and Clark's bicentennial

    04/13/2003 7:05:17 AM PDT · by Valin · 9 replies · 349+ views
    Mpls (red)star Tribune ^ | 4/13/03 | Catherine Watson
    <p>Two hundred years ago, right about now, a 29-year-old Virginian named Meriwether Lewis was buying supplies for what was about to become America's most famous camping trip. Among other things on a very long list, Lewis was stocking up on gunpowder, fishhooks, tobacco, whiskey, trade beads (he went heavy on blue ones), mosquito netting, packets of powdered ink, flannel for clothing and nearly 200 pounds of something called "Portable-Soup" -- one of the first commercially dried foods the country had seen. William Clark wasn't yet part of the deal. The men knew each other -- Lewis had served under Clark's command in the U.S. Army -- but they weren't close friends. They would be soon enough, though, when they and the companions they called the Corps of Discovery stepped into the pages of history in May 1804.</p>
  • Lewis, Clark become Internet explorers - Program changes the landscape of education on their journey

    09/22/2002 10:17:01 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 15 replies · 223+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 22, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Lewis, Clark become Internet explorers Program changes the landscape of education on pairs' journey 09/22/2002 Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. Click on your computer, and the Missouri River circa 1804 rolls away into the western horizon, framed by rock formations, Indian landmarks and dense woods - just as Lewis and Clark saw it during their storied explorations two centuries ago. As if viewed from a helicopter hovering over the Corps of Discovery's vessels, the untamed river curves around islands, stretches into marshes and sloughs, changes colors to match the clouds and sunshine recorded in meticulous diaries. History is coming alive...
  • Lack of Interest in Sacagawea Coin

    04/13/2002 6:45:01 PM PDT · by WFTR · 23 replies · 509+ views
    The Associated Press | 4/13/02 | JEANNINE AVERSA
    WASHINGTON - The golden Sacagawea dollar coin was supposed to be jingling in pockets across the country by now. Instead, the U.S. Mint is cutting back on production because people just aren't interested. For now, the Mint won't make any more new dollar coins for banks, retailers and others to use to make change. But it will produce some coins for collectors. Since their much ballyhooed debut just more than two years ago, the golden-colored dollar coins have struggled to catch on and become a staple in cash registers, change purses and pockets. But the sour U.S. economy, which ended...
  • Artists decry changes in Missouri quarter designs

    04/10/2002 8:56:59 AM PDT · by jwalburg · 9 replies · 518+ views
    For a quarter, the U.S. Mint has bought itself some ill will in Missouri.Five designs Missouri submitted for consideration to grace the state quarter have been redrawn by a mint artist.Radical changes to two of the designs have prompted protests by the artists who created them.To them, the new designs aren't worth a cent, let alone a quarter."I was just like, `Wow,' they really changed it a lot," said Barton Burnell, an Independence resident whose design featured an American Indian on horseback on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River and a pioneer's wagon far below him.The redrawn design removes...
  • Sierra Club report says much changed since Lewis and Clark

    04/04/2002 1:17:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies · 285+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-4-02 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    <p>SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) --  Many of the plants and animals first reported nearly 200 years ago by the Lewis and Clark expedition are on the decline in the West, the Sierra Club contended Thursday.</p> <p>Of the 122 animals discovered by Lewis and Clark, at least 40 percent are under a designation warranting concern and protection, the Sierra Club said in a new report.</p>