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Wednesday, June 9 - Wood River, Illinois
Today's drive was shorter than yesterday's, 290 miles vs 425. Before crossing the Mississippi, we stopped at Camp Rivière à Dubois (Wood River, Illinois) to see the Lewis And Clark State Memorial Park. The Corps of Discovery wintered at Camp DuBois in 1803-1804 while awaiting the official turnover of the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. A replica of the fort has been built here. While walking back to our car, we got drenched in a sudden downpour.
There are a number of modern-day towns associating themselves with this camp: Hartford, East Alton, Granite City, as well as Wood River. The original site has either washed away by river migration, or has not been found.
From here we crossed the Mississippi and headed for Hazelwood, MO, 20 miles away. We arrived at my cousin Cindy's house, still soaking wet. We are staying two nights at her house, giving us a full day and a half for sightseeing in the St. Louis and St. Charles area.
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