Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, Hartford

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The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site opened in 2002 and is owned and operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation (formerly Illinois Historic Preservation Agency). The site, located in Hartford, Illinois, commemorates Camp River Dubois, the camp of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from December 1803 to May 1804. The site is National Trail Site #1 on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and is located directly off the Confluence Bike Trail, part of the Confluence Greenway. The site is at the southern end of the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.

The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is situated on the dry side of the Chain of Rocks Levee, approximately 1/4 mile from the Illinois shore of the Mississippi River. It is also known as Lewis and Clark State Park.

Main attractions at the site include a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) interpretive center and an outdoor replica of Camp River Dubois. The interpretive center contains a theater, multiple hands-on exhibits and displays, and a 55-foot (17 m) full-scale cutaway keelboat.
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  • This site is a short 20 minute drive northeast of St. Louis and it is a interesting look at the begining of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The visitor center is good; I highly recommend that you... 
    This site is a short 20 minute drive northeast of St. Louis and it is a interesting look at the begining of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The visitor center is good; I highly recommend that you...  more »
  • Our adventures in St. Louis took us to Illinois to visit an area where Lewis and Clark departed to explore the West. Due to Rona, the place was closed yet you could still walk the buildings where... 
    Our adventures in St. Louis took us to Illinois to visit an area where Lewis and Clark departed to explore the West. Due to Rona, the place was closed yet you could still walk the buildings where...  more »
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  • The Expedition by The Corp of Discovery is historically significant. Whether you’re passing through, on a 3rd grade field trip, or a history major, it’s time well spent.
  • Amazing time! Everyone was so nice to me and my family. I recommend this for everyone to go see.

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