In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark: Early Commemorations and the Origins of the National Historic Trail



In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark: Early Commemorations and the Origins of the National Historic Trail
Although it was 1806 when Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after their journey across the country, it was not until 1905 that they were celebrated as national heroes. This book examines how public attitudes toward their explorations and the means of commemorating them have changed, from the production of the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905 to the establishment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail in 1978 and the celebrations of the expedition's bicentennial from 2003 through 2007. The first significant stirrings of national public interest in Lewis and Clark coincided with the beginning of a nation-wide fascination with transcontinental automobile touring.
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