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...
Monday May 21st
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
Keelboat 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.