Volume 2, "The First Council"
State(s): Nebraska, Iowa
From-To: Omaha, NE - Sioux City, IA
Roads: Hwys 75, 91 & 175 & I29
Journal Sections: Early Aug. - Aug. 17, 1804
Route: Start tape at Ft. Calhoun on Hwy 75. Turn off production
after 5- minute intro, when arrive Blair. Take Hwy 91 east to
De Soto NWR and over to I-29. Exit I-29 at Onawa and restart production
after leaving Lewis and Clark State Park, traveling west on Hwy
175, over toll-bridge and turn north again on Hwy 75 at Decatur.
· First council w/ Natives - Ft.
· Otos & Missouris
· Discussion of area tribes: Otos, Missouris, Omahas,
· Small pox epidemic, migrations, etc
· Blackbird's grave - on Omaha reservation now
· Omaha descendants on expedition - Cruzatte, Labiche
· Deserters - Reed, La Liberte
· Punishment, tribal chiefs shocked, etc
· Oxbow lake at Onawa, IA - geologic description
· River damming and changes
· Lewis & Clark State Park in Iowa, keelboat replica
· Lewis' 30th birthday
· Sgt. Floyd's death, monument in Sioux City
Volume 2 contains several of the more dramatic events that characterize
the expedition. Sgt. Floyd's death, the only casualty of the journey
(direct visitors to his gravesite in Sioux City) and the Corps'
first of many councils with the tribes. Describing the area tribes,
and discussing the prominent expedition members who were well
served by their own Indian heritage will set the stage for this
council. An interesting culture clash is noted with the tribal
chief's shock over the punishment meted out to the two deserters.
We'll provide geological description and explanations of the oxbow
lake at Onawa, IA and what it looked like 200 years ago and why/how
it has changed. COE description of how they have reshaped the
river for transportation and commerce. We'll look at how levies
and dams have changed the shape and nature of the river, as well
as addressing the benefits of those alterations. Journal readings
will include Lewis' 30th birthday: "an extra gill of whiskey
and dancing until 11 p.m."