Westwardly by the Waters

Westwardly by the Waters (HM1D8J)

Location: Omaha, NE 68102 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 15.903', W 95° 55.424'

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Albert Gallatin letter to Thomas Jefferson, April 13, 1803

In 1803 the Missouri River carried the hopes of the young United States in its dark and unpredictable waters. President Thomas Jefferson sought a "direct & practicable water communication across the continent, for the purposes of commerce." The Missouri River would be a corridor to increased American trade and wealth.

Traveling west against the current, the Expedition entered the lands of the recently acquired Louisiana Purchase. Along this watery path, the explorers would meet the people who had called this land home for many generations. With each mile the Expedition traveled on the Missouri River, the United States pushed westward.

The Indians of this neighborhood inform us, that the Missouri is navigable nearly to its source, and...at a distance not exceeding half a [day's] march, there is a large river...We believe this stream to be the...Columbia river...we shall probably find but little difficulty in passing to the Ocean.
Meriwether Lewis letter to his mother, March 31, 1805
HM NumberHM1D8J
Series This marker is part of the Lewis & Clark Expedition series
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 4:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 255083 N 4572304
Decimal Degrees41.26505000, -95.92373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 15.903', W 95° 55.424'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 15' 54.18" N, 95° 55' 25.44" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 705 Riverfront Dr, Omaha NE 68102, US
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