Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, Hartford

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History Museum · Historic Site
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...  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...  more »
  • The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because the tour guide to the cabins didn't really offer any info at all. Only 1 cabin was open and I guess it was up to the viewers to goggle info on it. The movie was nice in the visitor center. The man in the shop area was busy reading his book to even acknowledge our presence. The indoor area was nice and a lot of good info to read .
  • Incredible place. Staff was very friendly. We all enjoyed the thought behind the displays. Lots of interesting facts. My kids enjoyed seeing the spelling errors of Lewis and Clark and seeing the different told they used to map out the West.

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