Clark Trail ~From Sea to Shining Sea ~ Suggested Itinerary
- Destination City
Gettysburg PA -
(via Harpers Ferry, West Virginia)
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Harper’s Ferry, WV - On March 16, 1803, Lewis arrived in
Harpers Ferry with a letter from Secretary of War Henry Dearborn
addressed to Armory superintendent Joseph Perkins:
Shoreline Rd, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Sir: You will be pleased to make such arms & Iron work, as requested by
the Bearer Captain Meriwether Lewis and to have them completed with the
least possible delay. In addition to procuring 15 rifles, 15
powder horns, 30 bullet molds, 30 ball screws, extra rifle and musket
locks, gunsmith's repair tools, several dozen tomahawks, and 24 large
knives, Lewis also attended to the construction of a
collapsible iron boat frame of his own design.
Visit Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
PA - In 1803, Lewis apparently had his first two pirogues built
here. Visit the
Monongahela River, which flows from West Virginia into
western Pennsylvania. The headwaters of the
Monongahela River are at the
confluence of the Tygart and West Fork rivers at Fairmont, West
Virginia. The river joins with the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, to form the Ohio River.
Pittsburgh, PA - On July 15, 1803, Lewis experienced great
delays in getting the keelboat built and did not leave until August 31,
1803. Visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007
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