As we continued north towards St. Charles, MO and the start point of the Lewis and Clark expedition, we spent the night near the town of Madrid, MO. We had heard about the recent flooding along the Mississippi the last week or so. So we drove the few miles to Madrid and found a place along the dike to observe the river.
While there was some flooding still in evidence, what struck me was the events of history that passed by this small town displayed on river front plaques.
The sad story of the forced migration of the Cherokee people to reservations in the west and the deaths that occurred.
Perhaps the most important to the people of Madrid is the fault line they found themselves living over.