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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At 4 pm, the swivel gun is fired and the Expedition leaves St. Charles in present Missouri state. After 3¼ miles, they encamp on the north shore.

From the journals...

a number of the Inhabitants had assembled to see us set off) we fired our Swivel, from the Bow of our boat; and gave them three Cheers, which they returned; we then proceeded up the River

Joseph Whitehouse

Keelboat leaving St. Charles

Historical painting of the Lewis and Clark Expedition leaving St. Charles

Painting at the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation office located in the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana.