Clark Trail ~From Sea to Shining Sea ~ Suggested Itinerary
- Destination City
Philadelphia, PA -
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DC on March 15, 1803, Meriwether Lewis traveled via horseback (route in
gold) through the eastern towns preparing himself for the western
expedition. Lewis attended crash courses on botany,
paleontology, navigation and field medicine. Purchased guns,
tomahawks and knives and sent an invitation to William Clark to
co-command the expedition.
Vignette: Jefferson's unquenchable thirst for knowledge Learn
Philadelphia, PA - Visit Academy of Natural
Sciences of Philadelphia, Lewis and Clark Herbarium. More than 200
dried, preserved plant specimens brought back by the explorers.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1101
Lancaster, PA - Visit Sehner-Ellicott -von Hess House, Andrew
Ellicott’s former home. Lewis conferred with astronomer Andrew Ellicott
to learn to plot latitude and longitude before leading the expedition.
123 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3525
Gettysburg, PA -
On June 10, 1803, a
Conestoga wagon loaded to capacity with 3500 pounds of supplies and
equipment destined for the western expedition left Philadelphia. At a
rate of ten to twelve miles a day it traveled through the towns of
Lancaster, York, Gettysburg and arrived at Harper's Ferry on June 28.
Crossing the Appalachian Mountains the Conestoga wagon arrived at
Pittsburgh on July 22. The only member of the Corps living during
the Civil War was Patrick Gass.
Gettysburg National Military Park (National Park Service).
97 Taneytown Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2804
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