First United States overland expedition to the Pacific coast, 1804, St. Louis, MO

                Meriwether Lewis 

     (August 18, 1774 – October 11, 1809)

Was an American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark. Their mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana ...

                         William Clark

  (August 1, 1770 – September 1, 1838)

was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor. A native of Virginia, he grew up in prestatehood Kentucky before later settling in what became the state of Missouri. Clark was a planter and slaveholder.

Lewis & Clark monument

Lewis & Clark Expedition

Led by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark of the United States Army the expedition departed from St Louis in March 1804. It was the first United States overland expedition to the Pacific coast and back. President Thomas Jefferson had congress appropriate money for the exploration as a part of his plan for westward expansion. In April 1803 the US had purchased the land for a bargain price and this expedition was checking it out.

This larger-than-life, 15-foot bronze monument features Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and Clark's Newfoundland dog, Seaman. The monument commemorates Saint Charles' unique tie to the Lewis & Clark Expedition; for it was from Saint Charles (then known as Les Petites Cotes) in May 1804 that Lewis & Clark met to gather final supplies before embarking to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory. Conceptualized by citizens in 1993, the monument cost $490,000 and took one year for artist Pat Kennedy to complete. It was dedicated on May 18, 2003, one year prior to the Expedition's 200th anniversary. The Lewis & Clark monument sits along the Missouri riverfront in Frontier Park.


Auguste Chouteau

Sacagawea, the daughter of a Shoshone chief, was born circa 1788 in Lemhi County, Idaho. At around age 12, she was captured by an enemy tribe and sold to a French-Canadian trapper who made her his wife. In November 1804, she was invited to join the Lewis and Clark expedition as a Shoshone interpreter.Feb 27, 2018

        René Auguste Chouteau, Jr.              Also known as Auguste Chouteau, was the founder of St. Louis, Missouri, a successful fur trader and a politician. He and his partner had a monopoly for many years of fur trade with the large Osage tribe on the Missouri River. In addition, he had numerous business interests in St. Louis and was well-connected with the various rulers: French, Spanish and American.