Ste Genevieve Missouri

November 28, 1803

Lewis and Clark visited the oldest permanent settlement in Missouri, Ste. Genevieve.

Portraits of Lewis and Clark

November 23, 1803

Lewis and Clark were still making their way toward St. Louis when they arrived at Cape Girardeau. Lewis was the dinner guest of Louis Lorimier. Clark was not welcome. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland. Lewis noted that there was also a group of "duch" (German) settlers who had already erected mills and a group of about 400 Shawnee.

Finale of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

William Clark wrote of the "great velocity" of their trip as they grew ever more eager to get home. They made 65 miles this day and found themselves near present day Washington and Marthasville. One of the men shouted when he saw a cow and they knew they were back on the edge of settled country.

Portraits of Lewis and Clark

May 21, 1804

The Lewis and Clark Expedition (the Voyage of Discovery) spent most of the day in St. Charles as the men took their last chance to attend church. Most of them were expected to die along the way so the Captains allowed them plenty of time. They didn't push off until about 3 PM. They made three miles progress that first day and camped on an island at the mouth of the Bonhomme Creek, which is now Chesterfield.

Portraits of Lewis and Clark

September 18, 1806

Lewis and Clark's men were still in such a hurry to get back home that they wouldn't stop to hunt. They did stop to dig some potatoes that someone found and they gathered a few paw paws. They also ate the last of their biscuits.

Portraits of Lewis and Clark

September 15, 1806

At the future site of Downtown Kansas City men of the Lewis and Clark expedition were blaming the change from two years of cold, wet climate to that of Missouri's for all the discomfort they are feeling.

Portraits of Lewis and Clark

September 9, 1806

Going with the Flow. With the help of the current, Lewis and Clark were speeding down the river toward St. Louis. On this night they stopped and camped again in what is today, Missouri. They were just south of the Missouri-Iowa border.

June 14, 1804

The Corps of Discovery was having a terrible time in western Missouri near present day Miami. The current of the river was so strong that they were running out of ways to get the boats upstream.


December 20, 1812

Sacagawea died at Fort Manuel in South Dakota. As promised, Explorer/Governor William Clark took custody of her son, Jean Baptiste and her infant daughter Lisette and raised them in St. Louis.

The Tribes of Missouri Part 2: Things Fall Apart

At a time when the nations of Europe were competing for global control of trade and land, the New World offered the ideal opportunity to fill European coffers and expand their empires. The only problem was that someone already lived here.