began two hundred and two years ago today on March 23, 1806.
Fort Clatsop was presented to the Indians for which it was named, and the expedition turned homeward.
Excerpts from Lewis and Clark’s respective journals read as follows:
“March 23, 1806
at 1 P.M. we bid a final adieu to Fort Clatsop. we had not proceeded more than a mile before we met Delashelwilt and a party of 20 Chinnooks men and women. this Cheif lea[r]ning that we were in want of a canoe some days past, had brought us one for sale, but being already supplyed, we did not purchase it.
March 23, 1806
at this place we had wintered and remained from the 7th of Decr. 1805 to this day and have lived as well as we had any right to expect, and we can say that we were never one day without 3 meals of some kind a day either pore Elk meat or roots, notwithstanding the repeated fall of rain which has fallen almost constantly since we passed the long narrows … indeed w[e] have had only [blank space in MS.] days fair weather since that time.”
Their journey had begun on May 14, 1804, and would end September 23, 1806 in St. Louis.
The Corps of Discovery was successful and history forever changed when the information they gathered, the territories they explored and mapped were reported upon their return.
Two hundred years later, the USPS would issue commemorative stamps to celebrate the bicentennial, as well as multiple first-day-of-issue postmarks.
These are featured here on the matting around a map of the expedition overlaid with the outline of present-day states, giving you a unique perspective at the magnitude of this heroic feat:
Lewis and Clark States Map by NW Limited…History in VogueTM $ $25000
Today, when you set out to scurry about the backyard looking for what the Easter bunny left behind…don’t forget those who forged a path in a new frontier, for the greater good.
All three Lewis & Clark maps by NW Limited.
(States, Black Map and Indian Nations) Sweet dreams are made of this.
The Lewis & Clark Maps (you can purchase these directly from Bill by calling 503-338-6056 or email email@example.com)
Lewis & Clark at PBS