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About the Southern Region

The region was created in late 2021 when the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation reorganized its structure into regions. The Southern Prairie Region covers six states: Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southwestern Illinois.

At the time of restructuring, some smaller chapters decided to dissolve while other chapters remained in existence within their region and sometimes hold events primarily for members in their chapter areas.

The new Southern Prairie Region includes two already existing chapters: the Greater St. Louis Chapter and the Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter in northwest Missouri and eastern Kansas.

The Trail Heritage Foundation’s membership structure was revised, too. Now, every paid member is automatically a member of the national organization and chooses which home region she or he wants to be assigned to. For a small extra fee, a member can become assigned to other regions in addition to the person’s home region. Click here to learn about membership.


With the Southern Prairie Region as the region of your choice, you will receive quarterly newsletters about activities in the region, as well as invitations to in-person events and Zoom talks, and other information specific to the region as well as the entire Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage organization. You will learn about the most important expedition in our nation’s history and the many educational and tourist opportunities along the 4,900-mile Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. 


Most importantly, you will meet great people whose dedication and commitments to telling the story of the 1803-06 expedition are boundless!


Enjoy learning about Lewis and Clark and experiencing the trail. For more information or to offer suggestions, please send an email to


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Lewis and Clark Journey

The Threat On Kaw Point --
Redoubt at the Kansas River

Copyright © 2002 by Dan C.D. Sturdevant

On June 27, 1804, the men of the Lewis and Clark expedition built a “redoubt,” a long, temporary barrier of trees and bushes, six feet high, at the confluence of the Kansas River and Missouri River. This article challenges the historical perspective that the Lewis and Clark expedition faced no significant threat of armed conflict at their camp on the Kansas River in June 1804 to justify the redoubt. The article also attempts to depict what the captains knew and assumed about the disposition of the Native American tribes in the area, attempting to recreate the captains’ mindset in ordering the building of a defensive barricade.

As the expedition labored up the powerful, unrelenting, life-giving, life-threatening Missouri River and set up camp after every day’s journey, the issue of defense of the camp recurred. The early part of the trip in 1804 was well-traveled and likely safe--but with a more or less vulnerable camp position due to fresh landscape. Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark planned for  “oppisition from roving parties of Bad Indians which it is probable may be on the R[iver].”    Read the complete article


Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter

208 N.W. 44th Street
Kansas City, MO  64116

816-679-5925  |