We began our first step of the Lewis and Clark journey just before leaving the St Louis area. We visited the Louis and Clark interpretative center along the banks of the Missouri River. This location is very close to where the actual first encampment was placed. The exact location is not known for sure. Over the years, the river has shifted many times and the camp lies somewhere beneath those waters. Currently there is no plans to locate the exact site.
There are a few outside exhibits that represent period structures including the fort the expedition would have used. It was recently damaged in a strong storm.
The center provides a real look at how the expedition prepared for this dangerous journey. It was very well done and we started our journey north and west with a better understanding of what preparations were made to succeed.
Our last stop here was to visit the burial site of William Clark, co-commander of the expedition. Many of his descendants have also contributed to their country. Many are also buried here near the family patriarch. Our guide mentioned that there are currently 17 family members who have “reservations” to be buried on the plot.