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Missouri-Kansas Riverbend Chapter

Of the Lewis and Clark National Trail Heritage Foundation

The Riverbend Chapter supports the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation locally by offering events, activities, educational programs, and protection of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. The chapter encourages local interest in the expedition and related historic sites. Membership meetings are held quarterly; each offers an interesting educational program.

The Riverbend Chapter’s geographic area starts in the east at Fort Osage, a replica of a Missouri River fort built in 1808 by William Clark, and goes west through the Greater Kansas City Area and north along the Missouri River to Leavenworth and Atchison, Kansas, and St. Joseph, Missouri, and on to the Iowa state line. Please note: You don’t have to live within the geographic area to become a Riverbend member.

What are the benefits of joining the Riverbend Chapter? Learn about the most important expedition in our nation’s history. Find out about the many educational and tourist opportunities along the 4,900-mile national trail. Receive communications about local Lewis and Clark events. Most importantly, meet great, fun people whose dedication and commitment to telling the story of the 1803-06 expedition are boundless!

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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

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