Nearly 30 intrepid Platte Countians
and The Landmark retraced steps taken by Lewis
and Clark as their expedition made its way across
the country, navigating a 55-foot keel boat on
the Missouri River.
Travelling by air-conditioned
coach, tour members were treated to various commemoration
activities throughout the county.
The tour was sponsored by the
Platte County Visitors Bureau and hosted by Cheryl
Thorp, Carol Rudi and Platte County Historical
Society President Diane Pepper.
Thorp said the days event
put a lot of perspective on the work county officials
had done to get to the commemoration period.
The real historical legacy
that were leaving behind is this river,
Thorp said. Its a river of communicating,
as opposed to some geographic barrier. All of
the river towns have that in common.
The tours guide, Ron Doering
of Parkville agreed.
Whether you talk about this
part of Missouri or the other 10 states the expedition,
one realizes that this is the great American epic,
Doering remarked. It made possible the opening
of the west as rapidly as it did. To some degree,
we all owe something to this expedition. I think
its a thrill, even in this tiny way to just
be a part of it.