Ordway's Mast

Clarksville, IN

Wood River, IL

St. Louis, MO

St. Charles, MO

Boonville, MO

Brownville, NE

Council Bluffs, IA

Sioux City, IA

Yankton, SD

Niobrara, NE

Fort Randall, SD

Chamberlain, SD

Pierre, SD

Mobridge, SD

Mandan, ND

Washburn, ND

Williston, ND

On August 31, 2003 - 200 years after the departure of Meriwether Lewis from Pittsburgh in a 55 foot long keel boat that he had built here - we watched a reenactment of the event from the deck of the Gateway Party Liner. Leaving PittsburghThis was one of many such reenactments taking place along the trail during the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

We have been on some of the western segments of the Lewis and Clark Trail on previous travels. In Western Montana we travelled by train and bus along the Missouri to the headwaters and also saw portions of the Marias and Yellowstone Rivers. On another trip, we went by boat up the Columbia and Snake Rivers from Portland to the Clearwater River in Idaho, then back out to the Pacific Ocean.

This year we decided to drive along the eastern and central portions of the trail, beginning in Pittsburgh and paralleling the Ohio and Missouri Rivers as far as the North Dakota/Montana border. We left on June 8 and reached the Missouri-Yellowstone confluence on June 17. Our return was through the Western Dakotas, Southern South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a stop in Beloit - our home town. We finally arrived back in Pittsburgh on June 26. We took our bicycles and managed to find some excellent rails-to-trails along the way.

The links at left are the cities and towns where we made stops along our route. Each site provides highlights and pictures, as well as links to related points of interest.

Related Links

Lewis & Clark Post Gazette Series

Ohio River Trail

The Journals, Gary Moulton's edition

What Else Happened?

Lewis and Clark Trail Map