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Where did Lewis & Clark stop in southeast Missouri?
Between November 20 and December 12, 1803 the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Great Corps of Discovery, moved against the current of the Mississippi River to reach their winter camp near St. Louis in preparation for the great adventure which opened the American West. From Cairo, Illinois to their Wood River winter camp they faced 180 miles of the powerful current of the Mississippi. This challenge was greater than they anticipated, leading them to enlarge the size of their crew.
Members of the crew first stepped on the western bank of the Mississippi in Mississippi County, Missouri, stopping at Tywappity Bottom; Cape Girardeau; a campsite north of Cape Girardeau (possibly on the Illinois shore); at some point in Perry County, possibly Brazeau Creek; Ste. Genevieve; and on to the winter camp near St. Louis. From that location, in the middle of May the Great Corps of Discovery headed up the Missouri to the Pacific Ocean.

The Red House Interpretive Center is located just off Main Street in historic downtown Cape Girardeau , Missouri. The Center commemorates the life of community founder Louis Lorimier, as well as the visit of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in November, 1803. The Interpretive Center houses an early 1800's exhibit that reflects the lives of the early settlers of the old Cape Girardeau district. In addition, a rendering of Lorimier's Trading Post displays authentic items that would have been sold at the turn of the 19th century.

The cost of admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. Open May - September, Tuesday through Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on Monday. For more information visit www.visitcape.com or to schedule a group tour, contact the Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitors Bureau at 573-335-1631.

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