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The Karl Bodmer Trail
The Lewis And Clark Expedition
Trails Into the Northwest. . .And Beyond

THE KARL BODMER TRAIL Painting the New World
  • Karl Bodmer Artist and Explorer
  • The Joslyn Art Museum's site on Karl Bodmer
  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
  • The Karl Bodmer Collection Karl Bodmer, a 23-year old Swiss artist, traveled nearly 3,000 miles on the Missouri River from St. Louis to Fort McKenzie near Great Falls, Montana. The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is one of only four places in the world to have a complete set of 81 Karl Bodmer prints in its possession.
  • The Karl Bodmer Trail: "Painting the New World" Sunset Magazine's article by Peter Fish.
  • A Guide to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
  • The Missouri Breaks National Back Country Byway
  • The BLM's site on The National Back Country Byway
  • Information to Know Before You Go: about The Missouri Breaks
  • The Missouri: White Cliffs boat trips by Montana River Outfitters
  • The BLM's Guide to Floating the Upper Missouri

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  • THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL AND EXPEDITION
  • The Ethnography of Lewis and Clark Native American Objects and the American Quest for Commerce and Science. From the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.
  • Exploring the West How Lewis and Clark determined Latitude and Longitude
  • The Gene Pool Roster A list of the members of the Corps of Discovery
  • Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark The National Geographic site.
  • The History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson won approval from Congress for a visionary project that was to become one of American history's greatest adventure stories. Jefferson wanted to know if Americans could journey overland to the Pacific Ocean following two rivers, the Missouri and the Columbia, which flow east and west, respectively, from the Rocky Mountains.
  • The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Easy to use. Table of Contents for each chapter.
  • Lewis and Clark A Collection of maps.
  • Lewis and Clark in the Rocky Mountains
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition From Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition Good overall history.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition Curriculum Ideas and Educational Resources from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.
  • Lewis and Clark Internet Archives A comprehensive list of web sites (URLs) that are related in some manner to the Lewis & Clark expedition.
  • Lewis and Clark The PBS Online Site. This 1,000-page site, funded in part by General Motors Corporation, features a sweeping array of historical information about Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the members of the Corps of Discovery, their epic journey up the Missouri River and the Native Americans they met on what was America's first official exploration into unknown territories. Featured on the site's "Inside the Corps" section is complete biographical information about every expedition team member, an extensive look at the historical and political context of the team's exploration and a list of supplies carried by Lewis and Clark on their mission.
  • Lewis and Clark: Inside the Corps Irving Anderson's biographies of the expedition members.
  • Lewis and Clark in Montana Today, much of the Montana land that Lewis and Clark crossed remains unchanged. From solitary sandstone through river canyons to mountain meadows, Montana's rivers and highways flow past scores of landmarks related to the expedition. This site is a guide to these landmarks and the many opportunities to enjoy Montana's beauty and recreation.
  • Lewis and Clark's Historic Trail A very complete site about Lewis and Clark with maps, a time line, journal entries, biographies, and the trail through South Dakota.
  • The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail NPS Home page.
  • Lewis and Clark's Specimens As sketched by Charles Willson Peale. The American Philosophical Society Pages.
  • Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation: More good information.
  • National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council The Department of Interior has released their Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Funding Sourcebook. This document has been compiled to assist States, Tribes, and communities in locating potential, existing sources of Federal, State, and philanthropic support for Bicentennial projects.
  • Re-live the Adventure of Lewis and Clark Maps, tours, history, biographies, and lots more.
  • Planning the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • " The Outhouse Diggers" Privy nuggets being dug up by Archaeologist Ken Karsmizki by the Pacific coast in Oregon may hold clue to a Lewis and Clark encampment.
  • Report onThe Archeological Excavations at Fort Clatsop These archaeologists are attempting to locate the site of the original fort as well as trying to find artifacts that can be confirmed as being attributed to occupation of the site by members of the Corps of Discovery during the winter of 1805-1806.
  • Sacajawea Captive, Indian Interpreter, Great American Legend: Her Life and Death.
  • Sacajawea: Guide to the West?Accompanied by her infant son, Sacagawea set out with the expedition for the west. Her memory of Shoshone trails proved valuable, according to some sources; according to others, she did not serve as a guide to the trails so much as to useful foods and medicines along the way. Her presence as an Indian woman with a baby helped to convince Indians that this party of whites was friendly. And her translation skills, however indirect from Shoshone to English, were also invaluable at several key points.
  • Sacajawea?—Sakakawea?—Sacagawea? The Spelling, Pronunciation, and Meaning of the Shoshoni Indian woman's name
  • Seaman: Captain Lewis's Newfoundland Companion Vikings and Basque fishermen visited Newfoundland as early as 1000 AD and wrote accounts of the natives working side by side with these retrieving dogs. Equally at home in water or on land, the Newfoundland was large enough to save a drowning man or to break the ice as he dove into the ocean.
  • The Trail of Lewis and Clark Through Nebraska and Iowa For about three months in 1804, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the men of their Corps of Discovery up the Missouri River where it runs along Nebraska and Iowa.
  • Why Did President Jefferson Want To Explore the West? An article written by Stephen Ambrose. More good information from PBS.
  • The Winter Encampment of Lewis and Clark Lewis and Clark shared a room at Fort Clatsop which included a table, chairs and two writing desks. Lewis’ servant, York, the only black man on the expedition, lived in one adjacent room while Shoshone Indian guide Sacajawea and her French husband Toussaint Charbonneau and their infant son Jean-Baptiste shared the other.
  • York, Clark's Black Slave What was life like for him during the expedition?

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  • TRAILS INTO THE NORTHWEST. . . AND BEYOND

  • Alaska's Gold Rush Trails Driving north from Copper Center, you reach Gakona, one of the most luxurious stops along the heavily traveled road from Valdez to Fairbanks and Eagle. After the road was improved for stagecoach travel in 1910, Gakona became a stop for the Orr Stage Co.
  • The Caribou Trail a scenic drive through one of the most beautiful regions of the Yukon.
  • The Chilkoot Trail The most famous route taken by prospectors and would be miners who made their way to the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon.
  • The Whitehorse to Dawson "Overland Trail" A winter road between Whitehorse and Dawson became known as The Overland Trail. The White Pass then inaugurated the Yukon Stage Line which, because of the mail it carried, was also called The Royal Mail Service. It marked the beginning of a new era of transportation in the territory.

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